The survey was compiled by Wiltshire GP Dr Rob Rosa, who is also chief medical officer for global reinsurer's Swiss Re. Dr Rosa intends to present the findings to the insurance industry and said he hoped the results would provide ‘a valuable opportunity to engage with UK insurers and challenge misconceptions to improve the patient experience’.
Dr Rosa said that there was a growing feeling that GPs were reaching a ‘crossroads’ in insurance report works.
Some insurers are adopting alternative methods of collecting evidence and moving away from using the traditional general practice report in favour of subject access reports and targeted reports, he said.
These reports should involve less work for GPs, but they also attract a substantially reduced fee, which could have a significant impact on practice income.
'We are reaching a crossroads in what the insurer feels is the best method for seeking evidence, what constitutes appropriate remuneration for this work and what work best for the patient,’ said Dr Rosa.
‘To date opinions have only been collated on a small scale or anecdotal experience relied upon, which is why I am hoping this national survey will formally assess GP opinion across the UK.’
The survey runs until 19 April and one respondent selected at random will win £50 of Amazon vouchers.
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