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Spain opts to fuel health funds with petrol sales

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1271
  1. Xavier Bosch
  1. Barcelona

    The Spanish government voted last week for an extra tax on petrol to finance the state health service. Germany, Austria, and Italy already have a similar tax in place.

    The tax, due to come into effect on 1 January 2002, will mean that 4 pesetas (1 p; 2 cents) per litre of petrol or diesel will be collected by the government to put into health funds. Regional communities with responsibilities for healthcare provision will be able to apply a …

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