The Association of British Insurers has ended its arrangement with the British Medical Association on agreed fees for doctors’ reports and medical examinations.
The rate per GP report agreed between insurers and the medical profession is £89, with supplementary reports £22.70.
The fee arrangement was due to run until March 2011 and the ABI’s decision to end it now could lead to an increase in charges for GP reports. But Munich Re head of marketing Andy Milburn says the move does have advantages for the industry.
He says: “We would prefer it if the GPR increases in price as a result of this so the industry starts relying on them a lot less and looks more towards wet signatures and tele-interviewing.”
In a letter to ABI members, director general of insurance and health Nick Starling says the change means members are no longer obliged to use the agreed fees but they cannot discuss fees with other insurers. There is no change to the status of the existing ABI-BMA guidelines, medical information and insurance.
Starling says: “In light of a review and legal opinion, we are withdrawing any obligation on members to honour this collective commitment. It is for individual members to decide how to go forward.”