Why do we sometimes charge fees?
The NHS provides health care free of charge, but there are exceptions.
It is important to understand that GPs are self-employed and offer their services to the NHS and they have to cover their costs eg. staff, buildings, heating, lighting, etc. The NHS covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work.
The British Medical Association (BMA) suggests fees for non-NHS work which is not covered under a GP’s NHS contract. However, these fees are guidelines only, not recommendations, and a doctor is not obliged to charge the rates suggested.
Why can it take a long time to complete a 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 NHS workload and this paperwork is done in around the patient care.
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.
What is the charge?
Insurance Proposal (Insurer to pay)
GP Examination £150.00
GP Report £104.00
Supplementary Report £27.00
HGV/Taxi License Medical £90.00
Army Medicals £65.00
Pre-Employment/Medicals for Work £100.00
Private Certificates (Sickness/ £20.00-40.00
Incapacity for Employer)
Medication printout with supporting letter for travel purposes £15.00
Holiday cancellation Insurance Claim £30.00
Insurance Authentication £30.00
Miscellaneous Certification £30.00
(eg. Fitness to use Gym, Travel, Private Health Insurance Claim Forms)
Bus Pass Form £10.00
Photocopying Medical Records 40p/page
Driving Licence Form £30
Employers Reports £60-100
Standard Power of Attorney Forms only w/o Visit £75
Power of Attorney Forms with Visit £155
Ofsted Forms £60
Full Copy of Medical Records £50
Computerised Summary Of Records £15
CICA/DVLA/Disability Living Form (Set fee that is paid by appropriate authorities)
Non NHS patients
Doctor Consultations £45.00 (Private Prescription charges to be additional)
Nurse Consultations £25.00
Home Visits £120.00
The Doctors do NOT sign the following forms:
- Shotgun Licences
- Naturalisation Forms
- Passport Applications
- Leeds City Council Welfare Rights Forms
- Housing Benefits Forms
- Blue Badge Form- (Now done by council)
- Student Failure to Attend Exams