Private Health Insurance and Referrals

All the doctors in the practice work for and are paid for by the NHS.

We understand that some of our patients have now joined Private Health Care Insurance Schemes.

We prefer to make referrals within the NHS system in which we work. The NHS is committed to accessible health care for all. The NHS also aims to provide standards of care and practice based on the best current available research evidence.

We do not have information regarding the quality of care in terms of practice and outcomes of Private Health Care Organisations.

Our time is fully occupied by our NHS commitments, and understanding the ever-changing NHS. This is the work that we are trained for, and paid to do, so we are not able to research other health care organisations.

If you think you have a health problem that may need a referral please make an appointment to discuss it. We are not able to make any referrals by telephone or letter as we need to make a clinical assessment.

We are guided by the General Medical Council in relation to our duties and responsibilities. This stipulates that we 'should seek to give priority to the investigation and treatment of patients on the basis of clinical need'.

When we think that you need to be referred to see a specialist for further help and you prefer to use your Private Health Care Insurance we would make a brief open referral but ask you to arrange the appointment with a specialist.

Having seen a private specialist please could you ensure that the doctor communicates with us so that for your safety your medical records are complete.

We also expect you to make an appointment with us to discuss any recommendations made by a private specialist. We will follow the PCT policy on prescribing drug recommended in the private sector.

You will be liable for a fee for the completion of any paperwork in relation to private insurance claims according to the BMA (British Medical Association) rates.

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