Seven years of free prescriptions

Renfrewshire residents saving on average £160 a year

Renfrewshire residents are saving an average of over £160 a year on their prescriptions, independent figures can reveal.

As of 1st April, prescription charges in England will rise to £8.80, however, Scots currently pay nothing, and have done since 2011 when they were abolished by the SNP Scottish Government.

On average, Scots take out 19 prescriptions per year. If these were charged at the English rate of £8.60 each, people in Scotland would be out of pocket by an average of £1,143.80 since 2011.

The calculations come from the Scottish Parliaments Information Centre (SPICe).

Commenting, Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay said:

“As we mark 7 years since the SNP abolished prescription charges in Scotland, in England the Tories are increasing the tax on ill health to nearly £9 a prescription.

“I am proud of the Scottish Government’s record on free prescriptions – ensuring that anyone in Renfrewshire who is sick or living with a long-term illness does not have to pay, saving them on average over £160 a year.

“Alongside scrapping tuition fees, ending parking charges at NHS-run hospital car parks and protecting free eye tests, we’re demonstrating a firm commitment to providing public services that are free at the point of use.”

3 replies
  1. Andrew Johnston
    Andrew Johnston says:

    I think we are missing a very valid point on Prescription in England and the Charges. Having lived there and having paid for prescriptions, i can confirm that the £8.60p is PER ITEM on a prescription. So being as i have 3 lots of tablets on my prescription the total cost in England would be £25.80p a Month, that’s £309.60p a year. (They do have a scheme where you can pay £150 and cap the cost, but that is not really an option for the low paid). I think that the people of Scotland need to know the REAL Costs of Prescriptions in England, when bandying about the £8.60p cost does not tell the real Story.

  2. Jean Milne
    Jean Milne says:

    This is only one of the policies our Scottish government implimented to save us money. All those SNP Nicola Sturgeon haters who refuse to acknowledge the benefits they have received should pay it all back !!!!

  3. Adam Law
    Adam Law says:

    I have a complex mental health, life long condition…I need 5-6 prescription a month sometimes more…I can’t thank the Scottish Government enough…otherwise I would be in hospital costing the tax payer more money…this shows free prescription s have many benefits not only to health but to the public purse…thank you so much..I am very proud to be a Scot.


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