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GPs to sharpen-up reports as BMA agrees 5-year deal with ABI

A five-year deal has been agreed between the ABI and the British Medical Association over the quality of medical reports prepared by GPs for their patients and fees paid by insurers.

The price for standard GP reports, supplementary reports and full medical examinations will each increase by 6 per cent per year for the next five years.

For the first year of the agreement, with effect from September 1 2006, a GP report will cost £74.70, up from £70.50 and a medical examination will cost £82.20 up from £77.50.

The BMA has also agreed to include a guidance note for GPs, asking them to recognise that life asssurance is a “social good”, is of benefit to patients and as with other fee paid work, it should be done to appropriate professional standards in order to justify the agreed fees.

ABI head of health insurance Richard Walsh says: “This agreement is good news for all customers because the BMA has pledged to uphold high standards of work from doctors. This includes making sure that doctors fill in forms personally and accurately, rather than simply sending printouts of medical records which may not give hte insurer the information it needs.”

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