St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Thousands of persons are expected to benefit from the medication and medical supplies that have been approved for exemption from Value Added Tax (VAT). The list was disseminated by the Customs and Excise Department on Tuesday and contains various types of medication that have been approved to assist in the treatment of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, cardio-vascular disease and asthma as recommended by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Martin.
The list also includes medical supplies such as diagnostic agents like testing strips for the monitoring of glucose in the urine and blood, blood pressure testing machines and peak flow meters. Also, sub-section 13 in the same schedule makes provisions to have exempt a number of medically-related goods including, but not limited to, artificial limbs, invalid carriages and wheel chairs for the disabled; hearing aids; collars, splints, braces, corsets, and prescribed shoe inserts designed for orthopedic use. The VAT act 2010 can be found on our website at WINNFM 98.9. WINN FM asked the Chief Medical Officer for a breakdown of how many people would benefit from the exemptions.