The BMA recommends that GPs tell patients in advance if they will be charged, and what the fee will be. It is up to the individual GP to decide how much they will charge. The BMA has produced a fees calculator which should help you determine how much you need to charge to be financially viable.

Doctors may be asked to provide information regarding a patient’s application for civil legal aid following recent changes to the Legal Aid system.

These changes mean that legal aid is now only available for family matters where an individual can prove they are a victim of domestic violence. One way in which to do this is through the provision of medical evidence. This work is outside of their NHS contract which means a fee can be charged. Doctors are advised to explain to the claimant the reasons for the fee and agree the amount in advance of doing the work.


What to charge your patients: guide for GPs

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