Free prescriptions will remain a commitment for Labour at the next Welsh assembly election, First Minister Carwyn Jones said.
Labour’s leader in Scotland questioned the need for the policy and other universal benefits.
But Mr Jones said if it was free to see a doctor then so should medicines.
He told Labour’s conference in Manchester the Welsh government would “protect” people from the Conservatives and the Lib Dems.
His defence of free prescriptions comes after Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont called for an end to a “something for nothing culture” in Scotland.