To­bacco tax to raise more than hos­pi­tal charge

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The re­place­ment of a 25-euro ad­mis­sion fee for pub­lic hos­pi­tals with an ad­di­tional tax on to­bacco prod­ucts is ex­pected to raise 48 mil­lion eu­ros in 2014, or 3 mil­lion eu­ros more than that fore­seen from the pa­tient fee, a re­port from the State Gen­eral Ac­count­ing Of­fice said yes­ter­day.

The amend­ment for re­plac­ing the con­tro­ver­sial ad­mis­sion fee with a to­bacco tax, how­ever, was with­drawn from Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day af­ter Fi­nance Min­is­ter Yan­nis Stournaras took ex­cep­tion to the ex­emp­tion from the tax of cigars and cigar­il­los. The amend­ment will be re­drafted and sub­mit­ted on Mon­day.

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