Private Fees and Charges 2017 - 2018

Why do GP’s charge fees?

The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions. Prescription charges have existed since 1951, and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged. Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example dental fees. In other cases it is because the service isn’t covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for insurance companies, claims on private health insurance and other letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient’s medical records.

It is important to understand that GP’s are not employed by the NHS, they are self-employed, and they have to cover their costs in the same way as any small business,

e.g. staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc. The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor’s costs

What is covered by the NHS and what is not?

The government’s contract with GP’s covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work.  Sometimes the only reason that GP’s are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate.

Examples of non-NHS services for which GP’s can charge their patients:

  • Certain travel vaccinations

  • Private medical insurance reports

  • Holiday cancellation forms

  • Referral for private care forms

  • Letters requested by or on behalf of, the patient

In certain instances fitness to work forms

Examples of non-NHS services for which GP’s can charge other institutions are?

  • Medical reports for an insurance company
  • Some reports for the DSS/Benefits agency

Examinations of local authority employees

Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?

Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his/her patients. Most GP’s have a very heavy workload, the majority of GP’s work very long hours and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time. In addition non-NHS work must be undertaken outside of NHS contracted time.

I only need the doctor’s signature – what is the problem?

When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. Therefore, in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor needs to check the patient’s record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police

Our fees for 2017 – 2018 are:

CERTIFICATES/ REFERENCES

    Private sick note   

    Private Prescription

    Private Blood Test

    Short Sick note                       

£ 35.00

£ 20.00

£ 30.00

£ 20.00

    Simple certificates of fact

£ 25.00

    Fitness to travel/fly/exercise

    Vaccination Certificate

£15.00

£ 40.00

    Driving licence

£ 30.00

    Passport countersignature

£ 30.00

    More complicated certificate        

£ 40.00

    Character Reference

£ 40.00

    Letters of reference for Housing Assoc/ Council

£ 25.00

    Foster Carer Report (if full medical not needed)

    Freedom from Infection Certificate

    Blue Badge (Disabled Parking)

    Mental Capacity Certificate (without examination)

    Employment (no medical) report only

£ 30.00

£ 25.00

£ 30.00

£ 30.00

£ 80.00

INSURANCE

    General Reports

£ 100.00

    Sickness/accident benefit claim form (short)

£ 50.00

    Sickness/accident benefit claim form (long)

£ 100.00

    Holiday cancellation insurance claim

£ 35.00

    Report based on extract from records 

£ 67.00

EXAMINATIONS

    Medical Examinations (double appt)

£ 120.00

    HGV/PSV/LGV  (double appt)

    Taxi Medical

£ 120.00

£ 120.00 

    Elderly, diabetic (report only)    

    Mental Capacity Certificate

    Fitness to Travel (with Medical)

    Employment – health in relation to job

£ 60.00

£ 120.00

£ 120.00

£ 120.00

 

 

OTHER

The Patient must put a request in writing and pass to secretary

 

    To read records (no copy)                     

 

no fee

    Computer print-out of records                

£ 10.00

    Photocopying paper records  

£ 10.00 +10p per side*

    Private prescription for travel abroad      

£ 10.00

    Max £ 50 including computer print out

CONSULTATIONS

    Private doctor consultation

£ 50.00 per 20 min appointment

    Private nurse consultation              

£ 30.00 per 15 min appointment

OCCUPATION VACCINATION CHARGES

    Hepatitis B for employment purpose (3 doses)

£ 110.00

    Hepatitis A, MMR and Tetanus etc

£ 30.00

 

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