The Secretary of State for Justice has announced that fees for whiplash medical reports will be cut.
This is the latest stage of the Government’s plan to tackle insurance fraud and dishonest whiplash claims.
Initial report – Fixed fee £180
Under The Civil Procedure (Amendments No.6) Rules 2014, announced on 3rd August 2014, medical professionals can only charge £180 (excluding VAT) for an initial whiplash report. Currently, prices of up to £700 are being charged per report which has led to concerns that reports are being used to generate a profit. The new cap on fees will be in force from October 2014.
The fixed costs of obtaining a further report, where justified, will be fixed by CPR 45.19, as follows (all fees exclusive of VAT):-
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon (inc. review of medical records where applicable) – £420.00
Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine – £360.00
General Practitioner registered with the General Medical Council – £180
Physiotherapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council – £180.00
Obtaining medical records: no more than £30, plus the direct cost from holder, limited to £80.00 in total for each set of records required.
Addendum report on medical records (except by Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon) – £50.00
Answering questions under CPR 35 – £80.00
We’ll have to wait and see if the Government’s latest tactic has any impact on eliminating fraudulent claims.