Time To Start Taxing Churches – Casely-Hayford
In view of the struggles of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), social commentator, Sydney Casely Hayford has suggested that the government should start taxing churches.
“Maybe it’s time developing countries like us and the others; it is time for us to start taxing the churches,” he said on The Big Issue.
Mr. Casely Hayford argued that the money some churchgoers invested in healing could have instead gone towards procuring health insurance.
There is a sense that money spent on private insurance schemes would, in turn, ease the pressure on the NHIS.
“Because people are putting their faith of healing in the churches and if we didn’t have such proliferation of churches and the promise of cures, they would probably go and buy insurance,” Mr. Casely Hayford added.
Mr. Casely Hayford’s remarks were in relation to the recent complaints from the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).
According to the NHIA, its source of finance for the insurance scheme; 2.5 percent of Value Added Tax and 2.5 percent contributions from SSNIT, which amounts to $25 for each person per year, is inadequate.
The NIA CEO, Dr. Samuel Annor had earlier disclosed that the NHIA had submitted a proposal to levy tobacco and alcohol to fund the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
According to him, this was one of the options for finding additional sources of funding to sustain the NHIS policy.
Dr. Annor explained that the reason for the suggestion of taxing alcohol and tobacco is borne out of the fact that the nation is likely to spend more in treating people with alcohol and tobacco-related illness which will affect the programme.