PPP healthcare is to launch a private general practitioner service to be operated by doctors alongside its NHS work.
Entitled Personal GP, the service will enable customers to pay a monthly fee of around £25, in return for unlimited consultations lasting around 20 minutes rather than the normal 5-6 minutes.
The subscription will also cover private prescriptions at a discounted rate, basic medical investigations and standard X-rays, as well as access to PPP healthcare’s 24 hour Health Information Line service. Home visits and out of hours consultations will cost extra.
The exact level of monthly payment will depend on a patient’s age and medical history and will include an insurance element to cover the cost of GP-initiated diagnostic tests up to an annual maximum of £250.
“This is a capitation fee service – people are buying a service, not insurance as such, “ said PPP medical director Dr Adrian Bull. “People who are likely to be seen more often, with existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma for example, are likely to pay more. We expect the maximum to be around £35-£40 a month.” Marketing for the scheme will be undertaken through participating surgeries and customers will be able to sign up through their GP or by phoning PPP’s support team.
Bull said that up to 10 practices would be involved in the yearlong pilot but others may come on board during that time.
He added that the scheme was quite distinct from the Medicare service provided at some London railway stations. Doctors would create and maintain an ongoing relationship with their patients, he said.