2023 Budget vote Health (Vote 18)2023 ENE - Vote 18 Health
Programme 3 in the health vote 18 informs about planned spending on NCDs in the coming financial year. It is part of the estimates of national expenditure on the Treasury website.
NCDs expenditure is up 51% from 2019/20 but still miniscule when compared to communicable diseases.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In recent years, various countries have introduced taxes on food products such as sugary drinks as a
public health measure to combat obesity. Taxes have traditionally been implemented as a means of
revenue generation; however, taxes on tobacco, alcohol, and sugary drinks illustrate the utility of
taxation as a tool in health policy to reduce consumption and one that has the potential to provide tax
revenue for NCD prevention and control. Research on the health-related impacts of taxation of SSBs is
emerging and the evidence points to positive changes in consumption patterns as recently seen in
Mexico where a 6% decline in the purchase of taxed beverages was observed.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]