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Why do GP’s charge fees?

Please click here to download our list of Fees for Non NHS Services (.docx)

Your questions answered

The NHS provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions. 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 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

  • Private medical insurance reports
  • Holiday cancellation 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 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.

Please click here to download our list of Fees for Non NHS Services (.docx)

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