The BMA used to provide guidance on what fee could be charged by doctors for the provision of services that fall outside of national agreement, however, following discussion with the competition authorities and in line with the Competition Act 1998, this was stopped.
. Therefore, doctors are responsible for setting and agreeing their own fees in advance of undertaking this type of work.
Work for which doctors can charge a fee includes:
- Work for local and central government.
- Work for the NHS that is not a part of their main contract e.g.GP work in hospitals.
- Reports and examinations requested by third parties e.g. insurance reports.
- Reports and certificates requested by patients e.g.to support an application for a driving license.
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.