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Launch of the report of the Fiscal Policies for Health

When: Tuesday, 24 January 2017 - Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Where: Parktown Education Campus
Resource Centre, School of Public Health
Start time:16:00
Enquiries: / (011) 717-2426


The report on Fiscal Policies for Health will be launched on 24 January 2017.

The inquiry preceding the report was a consultative research endeavour, which explored the potential uses of fiscal policy tools to address and prevent disease in South Africa.

The inquiry was structured around a research secretariat housed at PRICELESS SA at the University of the Witwatersrand in the School of Public Health, and a high level advisory panel. The report documents the findings of the Inquiry on Fiscal Policies for Health.

It was found that the preliminary evidence that fiscal measures – including taxes and subsidies – can improve health in the short-term without relying either on additional budgetary allocations to Ministries of Health or on public health systems to work more efficiently, as well as raise revenue.

These fiscal measures could thus help to reduce inequalities in health and contribute to progress towards meeting numerous sustainable development goal targets.

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