New tax breaks on medical costs to help poor

CAPE TOWN The treasury has proposed changes to the way medical benefits are taxed that could see the wealthy lose their generous perks, and poor people get more help to pay for private health care. The proposals, published for public comment last Thursday, could see government grant additional tax breaks worth as much as R2,8bn for medical expenses.

HIV drugs and food not keeping up with demand

An estimated 200 000 South Africans living with HIV and AIDS are in urgent need of anti-AIDS drugs, but supply is not keeping up with demand. And, despite good nutrition being an essential pre-requisite for starting anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment, only a fraction of HIV and AIDS patients are receiving the supplements and food parcels.