Health Minister Andy Kerr has unveiled plans to tackle long-term illnesses in Scotland.
Asthma is one of the illnesses being tackled
Two fifths of the population suffer from conditions including asthma, cystic fibrosis and arthritis, costing the health service millions of pounds.
The minister announced £80,000 for a new project, The Long Term Conditions Alliance, but said the funding was part of a wider strategy.
He was speaking at the launch of the new organisation.
Mr Kerr said: "There are two million people in Scotland living with long-term conditions. That involves their carers, families, the economy, their ability to work and contribute and to be parents.
"Therefore, it is incredibly important that we listen and respond in a modern way.
"As the population gets older, as we live longer - which is to be welcomed - some people are living longer with those conditions that don't require one visit to the hospital or one visit to the GP to get sorted.
"It requires a different way of looking after them. It's about modernising the health service to work with people in a modern way."