The humble Aussie BBQ could soon be in the ATO’s sights as experts suggest taxing meat to cut healthcare costs.

A new study suggests that a global ‘processed meat tax’ could save 220,000 lives each year. It could also reduce the healthcare budget in western countries by as much as $41 billion a year. The study follows on from WHO research 3 years ago that found red meat is a potential carcinogen.

But is taxing Sunday lunch with friends and family the answer?

According to consultant Shelley Thomson, a tax should be a last resort.

“A better solution is to educate patients and help them to take a more proactive role in their health. Healthcare professionals need to engage patients as equals instead of punishing them with tax.”

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