Letters Free prescriptions in Wales

Have dispensed items really risen with free prescriptions?

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1581 (Published 10 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1581
  1. Tony Jewell, chief medical officer Wales1
  1. 1Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff CF10 3NQ
  1. tony.jewell{at}wales.gsi.gov.uk

    The headline in the print issue, “Free prescriptions in Wales lead to 5% rise in dispensed items,” is misleading.1

    Prescription charges were finally abolished fully from April 2007. I cannot detect any step changes that might have been expected and thus associated with the policy change. For example, although figures over the …

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