COST INCREASE IN ENGLAND SHOWS PEOPLE ARE BETTER OFF WITH THE SNP
Scottish patients are saving £171 a year on their prescriptions compared to patients in England – after prescription charges in the Tory-run NHS rose to £9.
According to the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICe), the average Scot receives 19 prescriptions per year. If these were charged at the new English rate of £9 each, people in Scotland would be out of pocket by £171 annually.
Commenting, SNP MSP Emma Harper said:
“Healthcare should be free at the point of use for everyone – that’s why the SNP scrapped prescription charges for all patients 2011.
“Prescription charges were nothing more than a tax on ill health that Scotland’s families could ill afford. I am proud that an SNP Government took the decision to improve access to prescriptions for all.
“In England, the Tories are putting the future of the health service at risk by opening up the NHS to privatisation, continuing to charge families a small fortune for vital medication.
“This is further evidence that people are better off with the SNP – and only the SNP will keep Scotland’s NHS safe in public hands.”
Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:
“These figures demonstrate once again that the SNP can be relied upon to put people first.
“Unlike the Westminster Government, here in Scotland we do not think access to healthcare should come down to financial background. No one should ever feel excluded from healthcare, and families should never have to make the choice between putting food on the table and the live saving medications they desperately need.”