QUESTION: Can GPs charge for private referral letters? If so, how much?
ANSWER: Yes you can charge for a private referral letter. Nowadays, GPs must set their own fees for private and professional services because of an Office of Fair Trading ruling under competiton law. It would be advisable that the fee is the same as for a similar service. You can find a suggested fee for this (and other private services), based on Medeconomics fees survey, in the database section of this site.
- Jenny Stone is a partner at specialist medical accountants Ramsay Brown & Partners