Services which are outwith the NHS Contract
The National Health Service provides most healthcare to the majority of people free of charge, but there are exceptions. GPs are self-employed and are contracted to provide NHS general medical services for their patients.
Sometimes, GPs are asked to provide additional services which fall outside their contract and in these circumstances, they are entitled to make a reasonable charge for providing them.
St Paul’s Surgery also provides the following non NHS chargeable services. Forms and letters relating to private health insurance, travel insurance claims, the cancellation of holidays, the inability to attend or participate in exams, school or college activities and the ability/inability to undertake exercise or sports activities (this list is not exhaustive). Should you have any other request please contact our reception.
Attendance Allowance/Disability Living Allowance
|GP Factual report||£33.50|
|Blue Badge (report only)||£25.15|
|Housing Exam/report only||£28.46/£44.38|
Court of Protection
|Certificate CP3 with examination||£147.00|
|Certificate CP3 with no examination||£ 72.50|
|Power of Attorney Exam and certificate||£175.50|
|Witnessing Power of Attorney (Surgery/Home Visit)||£ 35.00/£117.00|
|Coroner’s report||£ 72.00|
|Coroner’s report – extract from records only||£ 36.00|
|Private sick note||£15.00|
|Simple letter, certificate, proof of||£18.50|
|Any detailed letter to named person or to whom it may concern||£37.00|
|Insurance form e.g travel cancellation, private health insurance||£47.00|
|Fitness to attend (letter/certificate)||£18.50|
|Fitness to attend (proforma)||£43.00|
|Fitness to attend (medical and report )||£50.00|
|Camp America or equivalent – form only||£43.00|
|Camp America or equivalent – medical examination form only||£50.00|
|Ofsted Health Declaration (employee)||£46.00|
|Ofsted Health Declaration (employer)||£92.00|
|DNA/ Blood testing including admin fee||£38.00|
General Medical Reports
|Full exam with report or certificate (1)||£175.50|
|Written Report no examination (2)||£117.00|
|Written report on proforma (3)||£ 78.25|
|Extract from records||£58.50|
|Local authority/Govt department 1/2/3||£117/£71.50 £47.00|
|GP Report||£ 94.30|
|GP supplementary Report||£ 24.10|
|Examining own patient||£103.70|
|Targeted report||£ 58.30|
|House call during surgery||£95.00|
|Emigration Adult 16-69 years||£175.00|
|Emigration 0-1 years||£ 38.00|
|Emigration 1- 15 yrs||£102.00|
|Emigration 70 + years||£210.00|
Your questions answered
Isn’t the NHS supposed to be free?
The National Health Service provides most healthcare to the majority people free of charge, but there are exceptions: for example, medical reports for insurance companies.
Surely the Doctor is being paid anyway?
It is important to understand that GPs 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 covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the Doctor’s costs.
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 to do non-medical work 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 GPs can charge their NHS patients are:
- accident/sickness insurance certificates
- certain travel vaccinations
- private medical insurance reports
- statements of fact relating to general health e.g. for children’s dance classes
- Letters requested by, or on behalf of, the patient
- Holiday cancellation claim forms
- Referral for private care forms
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 occupational health
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 or her patients. Most GPs have a very heavy workload – the majority work up to 70 hours a week – and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time, so many GPs find they have to take some paperwork home at night and weekends.
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. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, therefore, the Doctor might have to check the patient’s entire medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the Doctor with the General Medical Council or even the Police.
What can I do to help?
- If you have several forms requiring completion, present them all at once.
- Do not expect your GP to process forms overnight
Examples of Non-NHS Services include the following:
- Medicals for pre-employment, sports and driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc.)
- Insurance Claim Forms
- Prescriptions for taking medication abroad
- Private Sick Notes
- Vaccination Certificates
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and Practice Reception Staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.