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.
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 GP’s can charge their NHS patients:
Examples of non-NHS services which GP’s can charge other institutions:
From 1st May 2007 the Practice has to charge Vat on certain non-NHS fees.
The policy suggested by HM Customs & Excise is that VAT is not chargeable on areas where this protects, maintains or restores the health of an individual.
In cases where the report enables the individual to undertake an activity is chargeable at Standard Rate VAT. Therefore VAT of 17.5% will apply to medical services primarily to enable a third party to take a decision; eg, a pre-employment medical. Services linked to the Health Care of a patient are currently exempt from VAT.
Charges are as follows:
|Appointment in surgery per hour||£100.00|
|Home Visit per hour||£190.00|
Any drugs required are charged in addition
For More information about charges visit the British Medical Association Website