New report reveals dramatic jump in diabetes costs

A new diabetes report has revealed the spiralling impact of diabetes and warns that unless urgent action is taken the condition, and its complications, threaten to overwhelm the Australian health system. The report reveals huge increases. In the past two decades, the cost of direct healthcare (up 289%), hospital costs (up 308%) and medicines (up … Read more

‘There is no safety net’: music festivals in UK raise ticket prices as costs soar

British music fans expressed dismay this week as Glastonbury announced that the cost of tickets for next year’s event will rise from £265 to £335. Emily Eavis, co-organiser of the not-for-profit festival, said: “We have tried very hard to minimise the increase in price on the ticket but we’re facing enormous rises in the costs … Read more

Risks, rising costs and ‘relentless demands’: why so many musicians are cancelling their tours

Last month, the US musician Santigold published a long statement to social media announcing the cancellation of her upcoming Holified tour. “As a touring musician, I don’t think anyone anticipated the new reality that awaited us [after the pandemic],” she wrote, citing two years of no income; the skyrocketing cost of gas, flights, and hotels; … Read more

High court orders ANC to pay DA’s costs in cadre deployment case | The Citizen

The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ordered the ANC to pay the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) costs in its challenge against the governing party’s cadre deployment policy. The high court on Wednesday morning heard the first leg of the DA’s application to force the ANC to release records of its cadre deployment committee from 2013, when … Read more

Biden warns Iran to face ‘costs’ for crackdown on Amini protests | The Citizen

The United States will impose “further costs” on Iran for its lethal crackdown on protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, President Joe Biden announced, drawing accusations of “hypocrisy” from Iran on Tuesday. Amini, 22, was pronounced dead on September 16, days after the notorious morality police detained the Kurdish Iranian for allegedly breaching … Read more

Infrastructure theft costs Transnet more than R4bn | The Citizen

The rampant theft of copper cables and other infrastructural components owned by eThekwini Metro is causing a dent in service delivery, the Metro police said last week. Between August 2021 and August 2022, thieves have stripped cables, as well as parts affecting electricity and other municipal services, to the tune of around R5 million. On Sunday, … Read more

France vows to ‘contain’ soaring electricity costs | The Citizen

France’s finance minister pledged Saturday to keep electricity costs in check for consumers as European energy prices soar. The Paris government has put in place an energy price cap to shield households until December 31 and Bruno Le Maire said that next year, expected hikes would be “contained increases”. “The four percent cap will be … Read more

New Biden executive order expected to help ease costs for out-of-state abortions – National |

President Joe Biden on Wednesday will sign an executive order aimed in part at making it easier for women seeking abortions to travel between states to obtain access to the procedure. More specifically, one of the directives Biden will issue will allow states that have not outlawed abortion to apply for specific Medicaid waivers that … Read more

Staying on Track When Food Costs are High – NJBC

Many households are feeling the impact of higher food costs. Foods that benefit our bodies such as chicken, eggs, low-fat dairy and green veggies are rising in costs and impacting our wallets. Higher food costs don’t have to derail your progress toward becoming a healthier you, with planning you can maximize nutrition without emptying your … Read more

Liberals running out of time to deliver youth dental care pledge as costs soar – National |

The clock is ticking for the government to deliver on its ambitious promise to the New Democrats to deliver a dental care program for low- and middle-income uninsured kids by the end of the year, while cost estimates have nearly doubled. The pledge is a key element of the Liberal government’s deal with the NDP … Read more