Doctors demand investigation into PMI fee schedules


The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to extend its private healthcare market review to include insurers' fee schedules.

Having provisionally decided to refer the market to the Competition Commission (CC) for further scrutiny, the OFT is now considering the responses to its consultation on the subject. Since the OFT announced its decision, insurance intermediaries and the Federation of Independent Practitioners Organisations (FIPO), which represents doctors and other clinicians involved in private practice, have called for PMI to be included in the CC's work. They have now been joined by the BMA which represents doctors in all branches of medicine. The Association said it welcomed the decision to ref...

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