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Old 19-02-2009, 10:46 PM
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Hi,

I just wanted to ask how much you pay for a doctors letter. I have been told by my doctor that it will be 30. Is this what most doctors charge?
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Old 19-02-2009, 11:05 PM
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I raised this issue on MSE Forum last night. My partner was charged 12 for a doctors letter and 73 for the doctor to fill out some forms. I think its scandalous.
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Old 19-02-2009, 11:12 PM
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Hi Greyhound,

I did think that 30 was expensive especially since the letter will be a couple of lines long and typed out by the doctors secretary in about 5 minutes.

I'm actually thinking of changing doctors, this being the last in a list of problems I've had with them.
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Old 19-02-2009, 11:16 PM
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I raised this issue on MSE Forum last night. My partner was charged 12 for a doctors letter and 73 for the doctor to fill out some forms. I think its scandalous.
Why? :confused: :confused:
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2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
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Old 19-02-2009, 11:22 PM
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Sorry, I read greyhounds post as 13 for the form filling.

73 for what?!
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Old 19-02-2009, 11:24 PM
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Why is it scandalous?. The GP is not paid via the NHS for this work so is allowed to charge for this work just as a lawyer or accountant would charge for their expert time. In my experience, the hourly rates are far lower for doctors than accountants or lawyers or even some plumbers we have had recently!!
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Old 19-02-2009, 11:26 PM
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I paid 24.50 for a Dr to fill in a medical form to claim back cancelled holiday.
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Old 19-02-2009, 11:32 PM
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I raised this issue on MSE Forum last night. My partner was charged 12 for a doctors letter and 73 for the doctor to fill out some forms. I think its scandalous.
73 is a ridiculous amount!
I suppose a Dr deserves some financial recompense for services rendered but..was he using gold ink?!
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Old 19-02-2009, 11:35 PM
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A lot of forms from certain companies have standard rates which are agreed nationally such as certain medicals, insurance reports, holiday cancellations etc.....so the surgery/GP haav eno choice to charge more or less. Other charges such as simple letters or unusual forms can vary from place to place depending on how long they may take to complete or the amount of reserch work/typing involved which is only fair i guess.

The government wants a competitive market in GP surgeries so if you dont like, you can move elsewhere just like anything else like banks and supermarkets.
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73 is a ridiculous amount!
I suppose a Dr deserves some financial recompense for services rendered but..was he using gold ink?!
How can you comment that it is a ridiculous amount when no one is aware of how much patient data was required and how long it took to complete etc etc. Its like saying 73 is a ridiculous amount to replace tiles on a roof?!?!
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Old 20-02-2009, 12:05 AM
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So a qualified doctor should have the same rates as say a road sweeper?

Its private work hes doing, not NHS. You dont like the charges, go find another private doctor. Or do you think the NHS should subsidise GP's for doing private work?

Decide if you want private or NHS. If you want private dont !!!!! about the charges
if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it

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How can you comment that it is a ridiculous amount when no one is aware of how much patient data was required and how long it took to complete etc etc. Its like saying 73 is a ridiculous amount to replace tiles on a roof?!?!
It is a ridiculous amount and I understand-Doctors are very special and can charge/do what they want because they are doctors:rolleyes:
I still want to know what the 73 was for.
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hi i asked for a gp letter a few weeks ago an was told it ranged from 15 -50 pounds , so i asked for a 20 pound one and it was full of information ,so dont know what the 50 would have contained :confused:
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Old 20-02-2009, 4:23 PM
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Managing a GP surgery we always get complaints about having to pay for this, my response is always the same.....

This is non-NHS work therefore not covered under the contract that the GP holds with the PCT. Even if a form just needs a signature because a patient has filled it out, the GP still has to check all the information against the medical records to ensure that what he/she is signing their name against is correct. We can get up to 50 requests per week for this kind of work including writing letters to say people are fit to travel, perform, exercise, holiday cancellation forms, army medicals, private sick notes, shotgun licenses, the list is endless. I employ a part time member of staff to deal with all of these requests, our medical secretary has 'non NHS' time to type up reports and of course the GP's time which takes the most.

Why should the NHS provide letters free of charge to help people claim money back?! 73 is not a ridiculous amount as someone has pointed out it could have been a very lengthy report which required a lot of time. If I billed patients for the actual amount of time the form took from start to finish and based that payment on how much we have to pay a locum GP per hour - patients would be keeling over with shock.

General practice is now very competitive and is also the a business which some people always seem to forget. People moan about GP salaries but if you saw the hoops that have to be jumped through and the work involved outside 'just seeing patients' you can see it is almost jusitifed.
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It is a ridiculous amount and I understand-Doctors are very special and can charge/do what they want because they are doctors:rolleyes:
I still want to know what the 73 was for.
How can you say "it is a ridiculous amount" on one line, and admit you don't know what it was for on another!!

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2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
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4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
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Old 20-02-2009, 5:38 PM
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73 is a ridiculous amount!
I suppose a Dr deserves some financial recompense for services rendered but..was he using gold ink?!
So I suppose you have filled in lots of medical forms in the past, and know precisely what it entails? I suppose you have gone to medical school for 6 years, then trained for a further decade in order to be able to write the form in the first place? And you also risk your career if you make a mistake on the form or are given incorrect information?

No? Thought not. How much does it cost you to get your solicitor to write your will?
"deserves some financial recompense"? Doctors aren't charitable organisations! They don't work for some token payment that you see fit! If they are working their full time hours then filling in your forms when they could be at home spending time with their families, then they deserve the proper rate of pay that a highly qualified professional commands.
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Old 21-02-2009, 4:33 PM
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Perhaps if people had to pay the cost of their 10 minute GP appointments, they might appreciate where the 73 price comes from. :|
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In the past i have written the letter myself and just asked the GP to sign it which he has done without charging a fee
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Old 22-02-2009, 5:43 PM
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I think people just dont realise how much the cost of a 10 minute GP appointment actually is. I think the figure is around 15 in the NHS and 25 privately in the UK although private appointments tend to be 20mins long and cost about 50. Less than half this cost is actually the GP cost - the rest being building/staff/heating etc etc...
Then the prescription which costs a set NHS Fee can cost the NHS more than 10 times that amount so all in all we get a pretty good deal most of the time.
The cost of a GP appointment in France and Sweden is approximately 15 - 20 for 10mins.
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Old 23-02-2009, 7:57 PM
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Just an inquiry re: medical letter costs

Is it a flat fee regardless of your income? I ask because I am on 60.50 income support, and signed off sick with depression/anxiety from my doctor. Whether a letter would cost 12 or more, its a chunk out of such a little income.

All I need is something verifying my health condition, no great detail or anything? It seems very harsh if you get charged the same regardless of being on 60.50 or 200+ a week :confused:

I appreciate the comments made re: extra work for GP's, but surely a brief note of a few sentences doesnt merit a 12 fee??

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