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Private Fees and Charges

Why do GPs charge fees?

Your questions answered

The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are some 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, other letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient’s medical records and some vaccinations.

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 - staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc in the same way as any small business.

The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work, but for non NHS services the Practice needs to charge a fee to cover the doctor’s costs.

What is covered by the NHS and what is not?

The government’s contract with GPs 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 GPs 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 GPs can charge other institutions

  •   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 with the majority of GP’s working up to 60 hours a week 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 entire record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police.

Fees for services not provided under the NHS

The services shown are not provided under National Health Service contracts and so the following fees will be charged by the Practice. If you have any questions relating to these fees, please address them to your Doctor or the Practice Manager before requesting the service.

GENERAL

 

Access to Medical Records (Patient)

 

 

 

 

£10.00 (View)

£0.50 per sheet (copy) Min £10

Max £50.00

Patient On-line Access - Free

Vaccination History

£10.00

Private Sick Note – Simple and no opinion

Private Sick Report – Complex and no opinion

Private Sick Report – Detailed report & opinion

£26.00

£62.50

£124.50

Photo Copying of Medical Notes (Private Company)

 

50p per sheet + £20.00 min

(Max £50.00)

To Whom It May Concern Letter (GP opinion)

(including Cambridge diet forms and water sure scheme)

£42.00

Blue Badge Appeal (disabled parking)

£36.00

DNA Test – private

Blood test

£72.00

£30.00

Fostering & Adoption – Medical & Report

We do not complete these forms

Assessment of Capacity

Power of attorney

We do not complete these forms

Carers Care Break

Performing Arts

GP’s signature

£24.00

EMPLOYMENT

 

Employment, Pre-Employment Medical and Report

£240.00 (inc VAT)

Employment, Pre-Employment Report (No Examination)

£150.00 (inc VAT)

INSURANCE

 

Simple Certificate – no opinion

£26.00

Complex report or extract from Medical Records – no opinion

£62.50

Medical Assessment Reports (no medical)

£124.50

DRIVING

 

Driver Insurance Form – with Medical

£250.00 (inc VAT)

Driver Insurance Form – without Medical

D4 form – Medical Examination Report

£150.00 (inc VAT)

TRAVEL

 

Fitness to Travel

£42.00 (inc VAT)

Fitness to Travel Statement with Medical

£240.00 (inc VAT)

Cancellation of Holiday Claim Form

£42.00 (inc VAT)

Temporary Residents  Not Eligible for NHS treatment

 

Private Consultation (20 minutes)

£60.00

Private Prescription (per item)

£18.00

Other services and fees maybe available on request. We do not offer a passport photo signature service due to issues with data protection.

 Travel and other Vaccination fees

Vaccination

Price

Quantity

Protection

Combined Hepatitis A & B Vaccination

Free

3 doses

See individual vaccines.

Combined Hepatitis A & Typhoid Vaccination

Free

1 dose

See individual vaccines.

Combined Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio Vaccination

Free

1 dose

10 years

Hepatitis A Vaccination

Free

2 doses

20 years

Hepatitis B Vaccination

£40 per dose (£120 in total)

3 doses

5 years

Influenza Vaccination (for non-qualifying patients)

£20 per dose

1 dose

1 year

Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination

£85 per dose (£170 in total)

2 doses

1 year

Prescription charges e.g. Malaria Tablets. There is no charge to children under the age of 16

£18

Meningitis ACWY Vaccination including certificate

£50 per dose

1 dose

5 years

Pneumococcus Vaccination

Free

1 dose

6 years

Rabies Vaccination

£75 per dose (£225 in total)

3 doses

3-5 years

Tick Borne Encephalitis Vaccination

£65 per dose (£195 in total)

3 doses

3 years

Typhoid Vaccination

Free

1 dose

3 years

 Last updated 21/6/2016

 
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