Completion of Forms & Charges for Services
The doctors are often requested to provide certain services which fall outside NHS provision. For these services the patient is liable to a charge in line with the British Medical Association recommendations. Some examples are given below, please click on the link for a full list of charges.
- Why do GPs charge fees? The NHS provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions. Completion of medical report for insurance companies, claim forms and other letters and forms that require the doctor to review your medical records are NOT covered by the NHS. These are an additional service provided by your GP.
Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?
It is important to know that the 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 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.
I just need a quick signature - why does it take so long?
Bear in mind that a doctor will not sign anything without making sure the information he is providing is accurate. This has to be done during specific times allocated for administrative functions. Forms/letters cannot be just slipped in in between consultations! All requests for medical information have to go through an admin process and allocated to a GP. Not all our GPs work every day, hence we ask for 7 days to complete the task. There are always exceptions so please ask if you are in desperate need for information to be provided urgently
- Certification to Private Medical Insurers
- Driver Examinations
- Most travel vaccinations
- Private Medical Certificates
- lnsurance Reports
- Legal reports
Please note that up to 7 working days can be needed to complete these forms.
For further information on why these charges are levied, see here information sheet from the BMA (British Medical Association).