Free Prescriptions for Scotland from April 2011

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Found 2nd Mar 2011
MSPs have today voted to scrap NHS prescription charges in Scotland, an SNP pledge in the 2007 elections.

The Scottish government won the approval of Holyrood's health committee to remove the current £3 charge.

A last-ditch Conservative and Lib Dem move to block the plan failed.

The price paid by patients for prescription medicine has been reduced each year since 2008 and a final vote will see charges removed in April.

Labour supports the plan but the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats believe the cash could be better spent in other areas.

Scottish government health minister Shona Robison said lifting the charge would reduce the long-term cost to the health service and would no longer put people off going to see their doctor.

Wales and Northern Ireland have already removed NHS prescription charges, which cost £7.20 per item in England.

9 Comments

inb4 the Xenophobes...

I actually think this is a poor idea, the money could be used for more worthy causes - over subsidising prescription fees is not for the greater good.

moob

inb4 the Xenophobes...I actually think this is a poor idea, the money … inb4 the Xenophobes...I actually think this is a poor idea, the money could be used for more worthy causes - over subsidising prescription fees is not for the greater good.



100% agree im glad to pay as we both work

i do though agree with free prescriptions for those not in work or on low incomes

I am not in to the whole free idea. I dont get much on prescription but what I do get I am happy to pay for.

The pharmacists where my mum works reckon even charging £1 per item (for everyone, adults and kids alike, employed or unemployed) would make a difference to the actual cost of these things, of course I dont know how true this is, and their logic will no doubt be shot down in flames on here, but if ALL of us had to pay something it might stop people just taking repeat scripts to the chemist when they really don't need them. My mother destroys limitless amounts of expensive drugs which have not been touched on a daily basis because people who get them free just don't think about the actual cost and keep getting the things.

Should really only be free for the disabled and elderly (although god do they gobble a lot of pills and waste repeat prescriptions).

Personally I have no problem spending a couple of quid here and there for the odd prescription.

bit of a joke, only £3 and now its free? I swear the last prescription I got was around £7.50. Seems like Scotland have a better deal in general, much cheaper to live up there!

golemsmate

bit of a joke, only £3 and now its free? I swear the last prescription I … bit of a joke, only £3 and now its free? I swear the last prescription I got was around £7.50. Seems like Scotland have a better deal in general, much cheaper to live up there!



The only problem with living in scotland is living in scotland though! Quite unfair how they get it for free but it is almost £8 in england! What they should do is just make it a flat rate for the whole of the uk!


moob

inb4 the Xenophobes...I actually think this is a poor idea, the money … inb4 the Xenophobes...I actually think this is a poor idea, the money could be used for more worthy causes - over subsidising prescription fees is not for the greater good.

golemsmate

bit of a joke, only £3 and now its free? I swear the last prescription I … bit of a joke, only £3 and now its free? I swear the last prescription I got was around £7.50. Seems like Scotland have a better deal in general, much cheaper to live up there!



Different Governments with different devolved powers...

Add onto that the free university study and scotland starts to look more attractive in my old age.

I don't see the point. I've never begrudged paying pocket change for my pills whenever I've needed medicating for whatever reason, so it's pretty meaningless to me. The greater ramifications I only see as negative, since it's pretty well known what people are like when there's a free anything on offer, even when the difference between £3 and free is negligible anyway. I predict a hefty extra bill for the NHS, the detriment of patient care, and this being one of the SNP's selling points come the next election.
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