Isn't the NHS supposed to be free?
The NHS provides most health services to people free of charge, but there are some exceptions. Prescription charges have existed since 1951. Sometimes a charge is made because the service is not covered by the NHS; for example Medical Reports for Insurance Companies.
What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The Governments contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. Sometimes the only reason that a GP is asked to provide information is because they hold a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company wants to be sure that the information provided to them is true and correct.
Examples of Non NHS services which GPs can charge their NHS patients:
- Large Good Vehicle (LGV) and Passenger Service Vehicle (PSV) licences
- Elderly driver licences
- Preemployment medicals
- Private certificates
- Holiday vaccinations
- Insurance claims
- Fitness for sports
Examples of non NHS services which GPs can charge other institutions:
- Medical reports for an insurance company
- Some reports for the Department of Social Security and Benefits Agency
- Examinations of local authority and Ofsted Reports
Why does it take so long for my GP to complete a form or report?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the care of our NHS patients. Our GP's have a heavy workload paperwork takes up an increasing amount of time.
I only need a doctors signature, what is the problem?
When a doctor signs a certificate of report, it is a condition of the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor might have to read a patient's entire medical record.