“Stop eating as much and do a bit of exercise … the Australian Taxation Office is not going to save you” was Barnaby Joyce’s response to a renewed parliamentary debate for a moralistic sugar tax.
Putting aside the idea that there are definitely some health issues that a decent run and a salad won’t fix, Barnaby Joyce was on the money when it comes to the complex overreach of the Government into individual Australians’ health care.
With health expenditure reaching 10 percent of the GDP for the first time, it is, of course, a natural interest of the Government to keep Australians healthy. A recent report from The Future Health Index, which surveyed more than 33,000 individuals across 19 countries has revealed that relative to expenditure, overall health outcomes in Australia still left much to be desired. This suggests (*shock horror*) that increased expenditure by government is not a direct solution to the health needs of Australians.