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Free prescriptions have saved Scots an average of £1143 each since the policy was introduced.

Scottish taxpayers are saving an average of over £160 a year on their prescriptions compared to patients south of the border, Scottish Parliament calculations reveal.

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 prescription charges were abolished in 2011.

The SNP's flagship policy of free prescriptions removes a significant financial burden and ensures that ordinary Scots who are sick or living with long-term illnesses do not have to choose between medication and other necessities such as feeding their families or heating their homes.

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