Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Tear Down This Wall"


Opponents of globalisation and free trade often call for tariff – tax – barriers to “protect” local industries. These barriers include taxes on medicines.

IPN provides an interactive map with a global overview of the average rates of import tariffs for medicines. As IPN notes, “Tariffs are a regressive tax on the sick, which drive up the final retail price of medicines.”

The European Union and the United States emerge on the side of the angels. Others are in the wrong: putting their state's profit over their people's health.

To quote Ronald Reagan outside the Brandenburg gate: “Tear down this wall!”

See: www.policynetwork.net/health/map/

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