Channel ‘sin tax’ to health sector
EDITOR — I think that it would be a great idea for Government to increase the so-called sin tax on harmful products such as alcohol and cigarettes, especially if the taxes earned from this will go to benefiting our medical industry.
They say that health is wealth and so the health of the nation must be protected in order for the nation to receive greater wealth.
This can be done by protecting citizens from harmful products but also through ensuring that medical facilities in the country are up to the highest standard.
It is no secret that in recent years Zimbabwe’s medical sector has been in a steady decline. This is in part due to the lack of finances to purchase resources and pay those who work in the field.
If we can find a sustainable way to find money to finance the sector, then I think this should be done. Getting treatment in Zimbabwe is expensive and I don’t think that we will be able to maintain such a situation especially if there is an unfortunate outbreak like cholera a few years ago.
We need to be planning to ensure that we are prepared for any calamity that might befall the nation. A strong medical services sector can also be beneficial in that other people from outside Zimbabwe will end up coming here for treatment.
Medical tourism as it is known is a big thing in India where a number of people from all over the world including Zimbabwe have been going to receive treatment. Zimbabwe has some of the best doctors in the world, unfortunately they are underpaid and do not have the resources they need to compete globally.
If we can finance the medical sector through sin tax, then we can improve the quality of our medical services and this will benefit everyone in this country. There just needs to be transparency and accountability.
Rachel Muronda, Via email