It matters little if the consultation was face-to-face or, as is more relevant in a post Covid-19 world, excess will still be deduced.
And that means, the consultant has to do something about them
The responsibility for the collection of such items rests very squarely on the consultant himself.
Consider excess and the cause of excess?
When the patient obtains private medical insurance there will be an amount – excess – agreed on the policy.
The exact amount of the excess will depend on how much the patient pays for his/her policy.
Generally speaking the higher the premium, the lower the excess.
It’s just like car insurance, if you agree to a £500 excess, the premium will be lower than if you only agree £100. That’s fine – until you come to make a claim on your insurance.
Private medical insurance carries the same principles.
So, when the patient comes to see you and you claim the cost of your services off their insurance company there could well be excess for which the patient is liable.
The consultant is responsible for the collection.
Not the patient’s insurance company.