HC Deb 14 November 1938 vol 341 c509W
Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that although panel doctors receive the same fee of 9s. per annum in respect of young health-insured persons between 14 and 16 years of age as in the case of those between 16 and 65, some of them charge a fee for the issue of medical certificates for the first category when required for claiming benefit from sources other than National Health Insurance though they are compelled to issue certificates for the second category for the same panel fee; and if he will take steps to remove this anomaly?

Mr. Elliot

An insurance practitioner is obliged to give medical certificates without charge only if they are required for the purposes of National Health Insurance. He is entitled to make a charge for a certificate which is not required for those purposes, whether in respect of a juvenile contributor or of an adult insured person. The last part of the question, therefore, does not arise.