HC Deb 23 November 1999 vol 339 cc90-1W
15. Dr. Starkey

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the extra capitation to general practitioners for elderly patients. [98940]

Mr. Denham

A general practitioner is entitled to a capitation fee for every patient on his or her list. The fee for a patient aged 65–74 is higher than that for one aged under 65. The fee for a patient aged 75 and over is two and a half times higher than for a patient aged under 65. These levels are a matter for the independent Pay Review Body, taking account of evidence from the profession and the Health Departments.