Government imposes 17% sales tax on essential hospital equipment: Sherry Rehman

ISLAMABAD: The Vice President of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Senator Sherry Rehman, said on Saturday that the government had imposed a 17% sales tax on essential hospital equipment during Covid-19.

“This will lead to a tsunami of inflation in the healthcare sector, which will affect the most vulnerable sections of the country. The sales tax will severely affect the operational costs of hospitals and treatment,” Sherry Rehman said in a tweet.

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She stated that the deletion of entry No. 52-A of 6and The Sales Tax Act Schedule of 1990 changed the entire landscape of the healthcare industry. “The government will also levy a sales tax on hospital supplies, which will significantly increase the cost of treatment. The so called health card will not be able to stop this disaster,” she tweeted.

On February 12, the PPP leader said the government’s decision to raise electricity tariffs was worrying.

“With an increase of Rs2 per unit, Rs290 billion will be collected from consumers. Over the past three years, this government has raised electricity prices by more than 52%, but circular debts have gone up, not down,” Sherry Rehman tweeted.

Lillian L. Pena