FEES FOR CHARGEABLE SERVICES.
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge but there are exceptions, such as prescription charges. The NHS does not employ GPs but has a contract with them to provide NHS general medical services for their patients. General Practitioners are often asked to conduct medical examinations or supply medical information to, or on behalf of, a third party, e.g. for life assurance or sickness cover insurance claims. This work is not covered by the NHS and therefore a fee is usually payable to the practice.
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, the doctor needs to check the patient’s entire medical record to ensure that they are providing accurate information.
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their NHS patients are:
- Private medical insurance reports
- Holiday cancellation claim forms
- Referral for private care forms
- Letters requested by, or on behalf of, the patient
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are:
- Medical reports for an insurance company
- Some reports for the DSS/Benefits Agency
- Examinations of company employees
Please remember that consultations with sick patients must take priority over this PRIVATE (non NHS) work and therefore there may be a delay in getting examinations or forms completed. We aim to complete documentation within ten working days of receipt of payment; however this is not always possible at busy periods.
Please note: we will not proceed with your request until payment is received.
To avoid unnecessary delay, please make sure that you have completed all the sections of the form that you, the patient, are required to complete before you hand the form to the receptionist.
Please do not hand forms directly to the doctor as they will not be able to complete them during normal surgery.
Should you have any queries about the fees charged, please ask to speak to a member of staff.