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Message posted by tracy35 on 14/8/2012 at 10:41am
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Can anyone tell me who sets the charges for any private work carried out by a GP practice? In particular I have a health declaration form that is a requirement for a job offer. It is a very simple form which is apparently going to cost a minimum of £15 to have completed. I queried the cost as it seems like a licence to print money!

The receptionist advised that it isn't the surgery who sets the prices. I've been on JSA (which is due to finish in a couple of weeks) and really struggling so £15 is a lot to fork out.

To add insult to injury the practice manager who's role it is to complete the form is on holiday for 2 weeks! The receptionist was unsure whether the Dr could do it, but she'll ask!!! So - potentially £15 and a 2 week wait to get a 2 minute job done .... how about that for value for money!

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The is a set of fees suggested by the BMA that most doctors adhere to and they are usually displayed in the practice. I suppose, in theory, a GP could charge what they liked for non NHS work.

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They need to check your health records and consider how they impact upon any of the questions asked. I know that may not sound like a long task, but it isn't just filling in a form. Then the completed form will be supported by a declaration which is covered by their insurance premiums so there is an outlay there for the doctor which he will need to recoup. Not a lot, proportionately to the cost of insurance for the whole practice, but nontheless a cost. If the applicant has been hospitalised at any time there may be a need to consult with the Hospital and, again, costs. Each practcie has "overheads" and which are built into the hourly rate of each Doctor. Then there is his own hourly pay, pro rata, to be added into the costs

Current BMA charges for such certificates are £16.50. Look on it this way, £16.50 could land you a job.

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Message posted by Graham on 14/8/2012 at 2:49pm
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Hows this then....My father in laws GP had to write a letter for an Insurance firm about his late wifes state of health when she booked a holiday (Sadly she passed away before they went)

GP asked us for a fee of £80 for that letter!!!!

We asked the Insurance company if that 'cost' could be re claimed against the policy. They said no.

Passed this info back to the GP who then ammended the cost of the letter to £15.....

Just shows how Insurance costs are loaded a tad.

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Small beans Tracy, An A&E doctor was recently paid £7800 per shift for 10 shifts?

Problem was she was on the sickness benefit and had already recieved £30,000, at her rate of pay your certificate would work out at about £250. When she has her wrists slapped and perhaps 1 weeks jail, She will perhaps sell her story to the press.

 



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OOOPS, make that £780 per shift, don"t want to de-value her services.

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Message posted by cwdc56768 on 14/8/2012 at 4:05pm
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Health letters for insurance purposes can be charged at a higher rate under BMA protocols. Think that you will be finding that these charges will be increasing with the changes in NHS arrangements over these next few years. Could be a tad late to complain

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Message posted by lily67 on 14/8/2012 at 7:33pm
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My other half has got to pay £115.00 for a ten minute medical that a certain goverment department wants doing, they have choose the doctor and this is what he is charging, it includes VAT, but my beef with all this is the fact that the doctor will ONLY except CASH! well dodgy I think? :(

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lily67, politicians, doctors, solicitors, in fact most high ranking public officials, are the

Untouchables, and the not responsables, they just take your cash, have no idea of working for £6.10p per hour, they pay that for a coffee.



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Message posted by cwdc56768 on 14/8/2012 at 10:30pm
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solicitors,

Mind some work for free............

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Message posted by rabb_uk on 15/8/2012 at 6:09am
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It's the same for LGV medicals, mine wanted to charge £80+ but you can book a private medical the cost only being £35,

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Message posted by Marilyn51 on 15/8/2012 at 10:26pm
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I was just going to say the same, rabb_uk. Before hubby retired as a taxi driver our GP charged £85 with only 4 appointments per month which made it very difficult to be seen, but he found a private doctor who worked from one of the biggest private clinics in Newcastle and only charged £40. Its daylight robbery.

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