Holyrood oversees the performance of the NHS in Scotland.
It is also responsible for public health issues such as drink and drug abuse, dentistry, pharmaceutical services and mental health. The Scottish Parliament led the way in the UK with a public smoking ban and also moved to abolish prescription charges.
Some aspects of health policy, such as abortion and embryology, are not devolved.
Here, BBC news online Scotland outlines the health policies of the SNP, Scottish Labour, the Scottish Conservatives, the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Greens.
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