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Prescription certificates in Scotland soar since charge cuts

Since Scotland cut its prescription charges the number of prepaid certificates bought in the country has soared, new data have revealed.

According to the figures, four-month prepay certificates have now doubled and 12-month certificates have more than doubled.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said the figures show that cutting the cost of prescriptions was helping people with long-term conditions and hailed the results.

The move is part of the Scottish Government's plan to phase out all prescription charges by 2011. A single item currently costs £5.

The first area to be affected by the changes was certificates, with discounts being given to people with long-term prescriptions.

Since 2007, the price of four-month and 12-month certificates has more than halved – from £35.85 to £17 and £98.70 to £48 respectively.

In the six months to September, 148,123 four-month certificates were bought, compared with 74,054 in the same period in 2007. The number of 12-month certificates increased from 21,028 to 48,673.

The total number of prescription items dispensed to those not exempt from charges was also up, from 4.77 million to 4.93 million.

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