In a statement by the island’s Health Minister Alvina Reynolds, government will now absorb the VAT on drugs and essential medicines imported for use at public health institutions including the St. Jude Hospital.
It was on October 1, 2012 the Value Added Tax Act, No. 7 of 2012 came into effect in Saint Lucia. As a result, this act requires the application of a VAT rate of 15 percent on medicines which is equivalent to the standard VAT rate.
Minister Reynolds has assured all Saint Lucians that the Ministry of Health remains committed to providing quality, accessible and affordable health care for all.
“We thank you for your support and pledge our continued commitment toward ensuring a healthier nation,” she said.