Tagged: Health Costs

NEWS: Addiction Crisis, USA: Raise Alcohol Taxes

Alcohol abuse is a fast-growing problem in the United States. And it is largely ignored. Higher taxes on beer, wine and liquor could help tackle the problem, writes the editorial board of Bloomberg View…

NEWS: India: 2017 National Health Conclave On NCDs

Recognizing that India is experiencing a rapid health transition with a rising burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), now considered as a developmental burden, the Association of Health Providers India, the Public Health Foundation of India, Indian Council of Medical Research, along with other key partners from government, research institutions, academia and international agencies joined hands to organize the National Health Conclave 2017 with the theme “Chronic Care – Innovation, opportunities and Challenges”…

NEWS: New Zealand: Doctors Urge Alcohol Ban From Supermarkets

Selling wine and beer next to food ‘normalizes’ a dangerous drug that should be sold at specific outlets
The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) has called for a ban on selling alcohol in supermarkets, saying that having it next to groceries and food normalized alcohol and and made buying it cheap and easy…

NEWS: Ireland: 3 Alcohol Deaths Per Day

Ireland has a problem with alcohol but the alcohol industry stands in the way for comprehensive solutions: every day three deaths are alcohol related, by the end of an average week 20 more people will have died. But Big Alcohol’s spin portrays the situation in a completely misleading light…

REPORT: Hepatologists Analyze Financial Case For Tackling Liver Disease

Through this paper, the Foundation for Liver Research seeks to make the financial case for public health action in these areas and urges the implementation of targeted measures recommended by the independent Lancet Commission on Liver Disease. This paper summarises the escalating financial costs to the health and care system as well as the wider societal costs related to the three lifestyle-related risk factors…

NEWS: Higher Alcohol Sales Tax Helps Reduce DUI Crashes

A new study examines whether a sales tax increase in Maryland, USA meant to generate money for public schools and other programs also affected a reduction in car crashes. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and shows that alcohol sales taxes help saving lives…

NEWS: EU: NCDs Fuel Government Health Expenditure

In 2015 at the level of the EU, health expenditure remained the second largest item of general government expenditure after spending on ‘social protection’. Between 70% to 80% of healthcare costs are spent on NCDs. This corresponds to €700 billion in the European Union – a number that is set to increase in the coming years…

NEWS: Ivory Coast: Government Bans Alcohol Sachets

Ivory Coast bans sale of alcohol sachets as they contribute to massive harm
Ivory Coast’s government has banned the production, importation and sale of strong spirits in small and cheap sachets.
Often illegally produced, the brews sold in plastic sachets are already banned in Sub-Saharan countries like Cameroon, Malawi and Senegal…

NEWS: Poland: Rising Alcohol Use And Harm

The current trend of alcohol consumption at population level in Poland deserves a red flag. Consumption rates have increased by 30% in Poland between 2001 and 2012. This is in sharp contrast to the yearly decline in consumption the country had enjoyed since 1980. The rising trend is more relevant than ever in Poland due to the concurrent increase in other factors like obesity and diabetes. Combining these risk factors may dramatically raise the number of hospitalizations over the next two decades. Current research has found that even one glass of wine per night increases the risk of breast and other forms of cancer. Alcohol harm has a significant effect on society as a whole. An estimated 28 billion PLN was lost in 2015 due to alcohol-related problems. Current models apply 55% of the cost onto society through the loss in work productivity, loss of income taxes, and the extra financial burden on the healthcare system. The other 45% goes directly to the abuser’s family through lost wages and even patient death…