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Certification - Chargeable

In 2001 the Government recognised that GPs were spending too much time doing unnecessary paperwork. After much consideration it produced a consultation document called Making A Difference: Reducing General Practitioner Paperwork

However, GPs still receive many requests for reports from government organisations or other third parties.  Remember you do not have a contractual obligation to fill in these reports and they all attract a fee. The fee needs to take into account your professional time and expertise along with an administration charge.  Bear in mind there are a considerable number of administrative, financial and legal duties which go along with the professional processing of any request for a report. There may also be archiving costs arising from generating one.

In light of this, an appropriate administration charge is not an unreasonable request, before the professional time and expertise is also taken in to account in producing the report. Assuming the patient doesn't need to be seen clinically, and that they don't request access to the report or the notes, as is their right under the various legislation, use our checklist to make sure you and your practice staff are following the correct process.

A table to assist GPs and practices with Fees Guidance in response to information requests from patients, insurance companies, local authorities, Government agencies, employers or private organisations can be downloaded here: Fee Guidance for GPs who Receive Information Requests. For information on certificates which no charge may be made click here: Certification: Non Chargable

The BMA fee finder guidance can be found here: https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/fees/fee-finder

Private Referrals

You cannot charge for referring a patient privately, however you can refer privately on a standard referral letter.  Some companies have standard forms that you can use, but you don't have to use these.  

If, following an initial referral, you are then asked for further detail by the insurance, or relevant company, you can charge for supplying this.

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