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In my opinion nothing was in place to protect Bahamians from the abuse of V.A.T. I personally know people who are unable to buy bacis needs because merchants increased their prices then added V.A.T to make things worse. Now a new tax is coming along. Do not get me wrong i want Bahamians to have access to medical care. But the question is if bahamians in general could afford it. As it stands salaries has not went up, no real sustainable jobs are created, nothing is in place to impower Bahamians, nor the small business and still no one knows what the tax payers money going cause no government wanna touch it. Before a new tax in introduce level the playing feild so that Bahamians can breath comfortable.
Who are benefiting from the tax dollars spent on healthcare right now. Go to the PMH and tell me who is up in there. Government can not even throw a party with our tax dollars and you want us to give them another 6% of our salary to waste, mismanage, and steal. Government does not work for the people, it works for itself. I would rather throw my money into the wind than give it to the kleptocrats that run this country. Government needs to straighten up and fly right before they even think of asking me for more of my hard earned money.
Persons should be able to opt out of NHI if they have their own private scheme (through their employer or otherwise). NHI should be funded by a National Lottery and, if necessary, an additional but realistic levy on everyone's payroll (no more than 2%) regardless of whether they opt in or out of the scheme. If the scheme is made mandatory for all then it will destroy the private health insurance industry, service standards for most people will drop and there will be a flight of good Bahamian doctors.
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