The National Health Service (NHS) provides most health care to most people. There are exceptions; when the service is not covered by the NHS; examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their NHS patients are: accident/sickness insurance certificates, certain travel vaccinations and private medical insurance reports. Additionally GP’s can also charge other institutions for non-NHS services, these can include: medical reports for an insurance company, some reports for the DSS/Benefits Agency and examinations of company employees
It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS; they are self-employed and operate as any other small business. You will be charged a fee which will reflect both the doctors time to carry out the service and their professional opinion. It may also include the cost of staff time and stationery and consumables.
What can be charged for?
Examples of non NHS services for which Bank Street Medical Group can charge their patients include:
- Certain travel vaccinations
- Certification of fitness to Travel
- Exemption Certificates
- To 'Whom it May Concern' letters
Examples of non NHS services for which the practice can charge other organisations include:
- DWP/Benefits Agency Reports
- European Working Time Directive Certification
- Medical reports for an insurance company
- Reports for Solicitors
We can usually inform you of the likely charge when you ask for the paperwork to be completed.
Our fees for non-NHS work leaflet tells you what you will be charged for the most common non-NHS services. If a service is not included on this list you will be charged appropriately but this will be discussed with you in the first instance. Please click the link below:
FEES FOR SERVICES NOT COVERED BY THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE.doc