Monday recommendations were presented by Adam Vojtech, Minister of Health (YES), along with OECD Ambassador Petr Gandalovič and OECD representatives from Falirou Fallem, Czech Republic.
According to the OECD report, limiting risky behavior, smoking and alcohol consumption to healthy levels can average life expectancies of almost 3.5 years. Vojtech expects to see more consumption taxes on tobacco and alcohol.
The tax on Dahn is not ready yet.
"Alcohol consumption is taxed at least in OECD countries and we are in third place in consumption," Vojtech added, adding that the tax hikes should be gradual and there is nothing to brag about. The OECD report also notes that other ways of fighting alcohol I am suggesting.
Taxation on sweet and fat meals is not yet a fully tested experiment.Adam Vojtech Minister of Health
Other ways to reduce alcohol consumption could include strengthening preventative programs aimed at vulnerable groups that ban advertising, restrict retailers, and generally drink more alcohol, the report added.
The OECD recommends more taxation on high-calorie foods such as fat or sweet foods. "Such taxes should be supplemented by other measures to promote a healthier lifestyle, and ultimately to reduce the incidence of obesity," he said in the recommendation.
According to Vojtech, however, the Czech Republic has to wait for taxation in countries that have already introduced it. "I did not consider imposing taxes on the sweet and fat foods as a full-fledged experiment," Vojtech said, "we will see how it works in other countries."
According to the OECD, the Czech Republic needs to strengthen its financial support. "The health spending in the Czech Republic is not large, but the outcome is very good," he said. For example, spending should increase gradually in order to increase employer contributions.
According to Vojtech, reforming primary care and strengthening the role of GPs is an important step in improving health care delivery.
"In the developed world, GPs are more powerful, fighting with strong administrative barriers, and unable to prescribe or perform specific tasks," Vojtěch added. Today, doctors can prescribe chronic drugs that were not available in the past.