Monday, November 19, 2018

Roberts: Barbados model could guide Bahamas’ sugary drink tax


While the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has yet to determine the rate of the “sugary drinks tax” proposed for July 2019, NHIA Chairman Dr. Robin Roberts told Eyewitness News the authority will look to existing models in countries such as Barbados and the United Kingdom to help form its recommendations to Cabinet.

Roberts also said the authority welcomes the input from the public.

As part of its revamped NHI scheme, which focuses on expanded primary care services and high-cost care, the authority proposed a sin tax on sugary drinks and other potentially unhealthy products as one of the measures to fund the scheme.  Read more >>