Why does the Doctor charge private fees for some things?
Any work for which no fee is payable under the NHS must be charged privately. Examples are:
- Some holiday vaccinations
- Taking copies from patients' notes
- Routine consultations with visitors from abroad (emergencies are treated free)
- Private sick notes
- Medical examinations
- Completion of private insurance claim forms
- "To whom it may concern" letters
- Freedom from infection certificates
- GP signature
We get a tremendous amount of this kind of work every year, and we simply cannot afford to do it without being paid. Our fees are based on recommendations from the British Medical Association (current charges are displayed at reception or ring 0161 448 4500).