A physician friend, Dr. Tony Leachon, posted this PhilStar report last year.
And peopled asked again, "where is the money?" or "how was it spent?"
From the law, Sin Tax Reform Act of 2012 (RA 10351), 85 percent should go to fund universal health care (UHC) via PhilHealth and DOH hospital facilities, and 15 percent to fund alternative livelihood to tobacco farmers.
With huge money coming in on top of regular appropriation to the DOH that is also rising, what PHealth is doing now is force absorption of the money. Thus, even non-poor senior citizens become automatic members and hence, are covered.
Tobacco Tax 6: On Cigarette Smuggling, February 27, 2012.
Tobacco Tax 7: DOH on NCDs and Tax Hike, March 04, 2012
Tobacco Tax 8: Ban Smoking, or Raise its Tax?, March 12, 2012
Fat-Free Econ 27: Sin Tax and Nannyism, October 22, 2012
Tobacco Tax 9: Why Earmarking Legislation is Wrong, January 14, 2014