Jacqui Pile

Drug tax break needs simple way to reduce costs

Though the fight over medicine prices has gone to the highest court in the land, scant attention has focused on how much tax South Africans pay for their medicines. At 14% VAT, which earns government R1,4bn/year on prescription drugs alone, tax on medicines in a developing country such as SA could be reduced.

HIV/AIDS Treatment Shock

New research by the Centre for International Health & Development at Boston University shows that only 4% of employees in SA's biggest companies are on HIV/Aids disease management programmes and just 0,6% receive antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, despite an HIV prevalence at these companies of 14,3%.