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?
Please note that these fees are payable in advance and each request for a service will be charged individually.
With effect from 22 May 2018.
|Medical Reports with Examination|
|Accident and Sickness Insurance Medicals – Employers
(Comprehensive examination, includes report, certificate or form)
|Medicals for Individuals, all categories – Including Drivers, LGV, HGV, Taxi, Racing Drivers, Fitness for Sports (Examination, including report)||£120.00|
|Insurance Report (No Examination)||£89.00|
|Insurance Report (Additional Questionnaire)||£25.00|
|Short Medical Report|
|Certificate to Entertain||£30.00|
|Fitness to Travel (GP letter/opinion)||£30.00|
|Health Club – Brief report/certificate||£30.00|
|Simple Certificate & GP Signature|
|Insurance Certificate (Simple Form)||£15.00|
|Certificate of Incapacity (Private Sick Note)||£15.00|