Why do practices charge for some services to patients?
The vast majority of the work that is carried out within general practice is paid for by the NHS. However, some activities are not covered by the NHS and the practice makes a charge to cover the costs involved.
Examples of services for which GPs can charge their patients
- Certain travel vaccinations
- Private medical insurance reports
- Holiday cancellation forms
- Referral to private care forms
- Letters requested by, or on behalf of, the patient
I only need the doctor's signature - what is the problem?
When a GP signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of their registration that they only sign what they know to be true. Even quite simple inquiries can require the GP to review the complete medical record.
Examples of typical fees and charges at the Datchet Health Centre (September 2015)
Holiday cancellation (£30)
Letter to housing bodies, letters confirming identity etc (£30)
Private medical reports (fee depends upon the time involved)
Computerised records print out (£20)
Photocopying of full medical records (50p per side)
Private sickness certificate (£30)
Passport countersigning (£30)
Letters about overseas travel medications etc (£30)
Please contact Rim Kennou at the practice if you have any questions, especially if you wish to be sure about the costs involved before asking us to proceed.