Welsh act against ‘health tourism’

BBC Online carried a story the other day that illustrates the diverging policy approaches of Westminster and the devolved administrations I mentioned in a previous post.

Pledge to stop ‘health tourists’

Tighter rules are to be introduced to stop "health tourists" taking advantage of cheaper prescriptions in Wales, First Minister Rhodri Morgan has said.

From Friday, the cost of a prescription in Wales has been cut by £1 to £4 while in England it went up 10p to £6.50

Prescription charges will be scrapped altogether in Wales by 2007.

Wales-only, bilingual prescriptions will be introduced to stop people coming to Wales to obtain cheaper medication.







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