Prescription Charges

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 16 July 2010.

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Photo of Lord George Foulkes Lord George Foulkes Labour

Question S3W-34731

To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated additional cost is of the reduction in prescription charges in 2010-11.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

The latest reduction in prescription charges from 1st April 2010 means patients now pay £3 per item when they pay for individual prescribed items or £28 and £10 for a 12 month and 4 month Prescription Pre-payment Certificate, respectively. The cost of the latest reductions, when compared to the cost of the policy for 2009-10, is estimated to be £8m. The Scottish Government believes this is a price worth paying to ensure more patients collect all of their prescribed medication.

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