3 Jun 2016

Samoa to up taxes to combat NCDs

4:06 pm on 3 June 2016

An sugar and salt tax has been proposed in Samoa's latest budget in an effort to address the country's health problems, especially non communicable diseases.

The Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, said too many Samoans had suffered damage to their health.

The National Health Services will get $US35 million dollars of the 44 million allocated to health in new national Budget.

It includes three million for the National Kidney Foundation and $2.5 million for the overseas medical treatment scheme.

The budget has also proposed increasing taxes on tobacco and alcohol.

Bottles of soft drinks, isolated on a white background. (file photo)

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