'Fairer for those with chronic conditions'
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Free prescriptions for all 'fairer and cost-effective'

Free prescriptions for all in Wales has been a "long-term investment" in people's health, the health secretary has said, on the tenth anniversary of the policy.

Vaughan Gething said since April 2007 it had kept people out of hospital and cut overall NHS costs.

The Welsh Government said the £593m cost of free prescriptions in 2015 was only £3m more than the bill in 2007.

The Conservatives have claimed the cost is still too high, saying people should pay for their medicine if they could afford to.

But Mr Gething said it was fairer and more cost-effective to make prescriptions free for all.

  • 01 Apr 2017
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