Medical transcription services costs

Tom Ryder

Tom Ryder

Why should cost be considered?

If you are a practice manager for a GP practice, ensuring your practice gets the most for its money when outsourcing transcription is probably paramount. So, when transcription companies boast that they can save your practice money, you can be left wondering whether this is true.

Together with The LMC Buying Groups, we delve into all the elements of cost you should consider before outsourcing your medical transcription to an external provider.

The elements surrounding cost when choosing an outsourced transcription service are as follows:

  1. How transcription service providers charge.
  2. Comparison to the cost of hiring a secretary permanently.
  3. Comparison to the cost of hiring a temporary secretary.
  4. Hidden costs of transcription.
  5. Costs of data security and breaches.

How transcription service providers charge

There are two ways that transcription service providers charge for their service. The first charging model is based on a fee per minute of dictation.  The alternative is to charge a rate per line of typed text. It is usual to find that companies based in the UK adopt the fee per minute of dictation model and transcription providers who send the work offshore lean towards the rate per line of transcribed text. The overriding benefit of the fee per minute of dictation model is transparency, as the cost of a document can be worked out before it is sent to the transcription company. In comparison, practices working with a provider who charges by the line will not be able to budget in advance as prices only are only available post-transcription.

Hiring a permanent secretary

Recruitment in the healthcare sector is not only a time-consuming process, it can be a budgeting nightmare. To hire a medical secretary in London will cost a practice roughly £24,500. Bearing in mind, a medical secretary typically spends 50% of their working day typing and an average-sized GP practice will have three full-time secretaries. The total cost to a practice of typing therefore can be £36,750 per annum.

The other consideration, aside from the monetary cost, is the time required by other members of staff to interview, hire and train a new member of staff to work at the level expected. An outsourced transcription provider will already be working at this expected level from day one.

Hiring a temporary secretary

Hiring a temporary medical secretary to cover staff absences or peaks in workflow is rarely a straightforward process.  Often practices have to work with more than one recruitment agency to source candidates who may then secure permanent work elsewhere without fulfilling the assignment.

Secretaries within a GP practice juggle a range of duties while trying to keep on top of the typing list. They need to answer the phone, liaise with doctors and other healthcare providers and deal with patient queries and appointments. On average, because of the interruption to typing time, a medical secretary will get through 15 minutes of dictation each hour they work.  It is easy to see how easily a backlog of typing can occur when a surgery is busy.  Transcribers working for a transcription provider work in an uninterrupted environment which allows their productivity to create an average saving of 40% in comparison to the cost of the locum secretary.

Hidden costs of transcription

Be extra vigilant about hidden costs when sourcing a transcription provider, such as: –

  • Set-up costs can be charged – look for free set up.
  • Software costs – ensure the software is free.
  • Rate per minute changes – some companies offer a low rate, but this can be for up to a week turnaround time and charge a premium for 24-hour turnaround.
  • Cost of offshoring – ensure your work isn’t being sent offshore (read more about this point in our data security blog here).

Typing providers who are already integrated with a practice’s digital dictation system allow the practice to reduce on hidden set-up costs and training provisions on a new software system, and some will even charge an integration cost for your Lexacom, Crescendo, BigHand, Medisec or other dictation system.

Costs of data security and breaches

One of the most important considerations is where the transcription provider is sending data to, and what are they doing to ensure its security? A transcription provider offering a price that seems too good to be true is likely to be using an offshore resource to produce the documents.  However, a UK service doesn’t necessarily cost more when you factor in the quality of the document being produced.  A letter that comes back from the transcription company full of errors because it has been produced offshore will need to be corrected and edited either by the practice secretary or the GP, making the end price of the document production actually higher than the UK provider.

UK based transcription companies will also have to adhere to GDPR standards when it comes to securing your patient data.  It is the responsibility of the practice (as data controller) to ensure their chosen provider has all the relevant security practices and policies in place.  Failure to do so leading to a data breach can be damaging and expensive and have a real impact of the lives of the data subjects involved.  A cyber-attack cost the NHS £92m in 2018, and with data potentially going offshore, the NHS could become liable for lax data security when patient information is leaving the UK to companies who abide by different rules and regulations.

What next?

It’s important to identify what your practice needs. Do your staff need more time to perform their core responsibilities, or do you become backlogged during the busy periods? Do you need a permanent member of staff or an outsourced transcription solution for the peaks and troughs of document creation? Do you want a one-business day turnaround, do you need urgent files typing and do any of the above seem like they might come at a premium cost?

All of the above can seem daunting; however, Accuro have a simple cost-effective solution at one price for everything.  Contact The LMC Buying Groups and ensure your eligibility for our 10% lifetime discount with them, alternatively feel free to visit our page regarding medical transcription, contact us or call us on 01565 748000 for more information.

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Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
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Audio transcription template styles

Block of text format.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1
£0.80
Next business day
Yes (4 hours)

Accuro’s professional and legal speech recognition + edit service is suitable for:

  • Semi-technical audio
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  • Single voice files
  • Customers with in-house formatting capability
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Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
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2-4


5-7


8 +
£1.20


£1.50


£1.70


£2.00
Next business day


2 days


3 days


5 days
Yes (4 hours)


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Accuro’s speech recognition service uses the very latest in neural network technologies, Microsoft Azure. Customers choosing Accuro’s speech recognition service will be looking for a rough draft which can easily be reformatted inhouse. The solution is cost saving and quick.   

Audio transcription template styles

Block of text format.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1
£0.10
Next business day
Yes (4 hours)

Accuro’s medical speech recognition service is suitable for:

  • Rough draft 
  • Single voice audio files 
  • Transcription service requiring block text formatting
  • Customers with in-house formatting capability for patient/referral documentation
  • Non-customer facing files – patient notes etc. 
  • Input directly in to CMS
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Audio transcription template styles

Block of text format.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1
£0.80
Next business day
Yes (4 hours)

Accuro’s medical speech recognition + edit service is suitable for:

  • Semi-technical audio
  • Single voice audio files
  • Transcription service requiring block text formatting
  • Customers with in-house formatting capability for patient/referral documentation
  • Input directly into CMS
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To achieve maximum accuracy rates, completed digital transcription is edited and checked by our in-house professional proofreaders before despatch to the customer.

Audio transcription template styles

You can use your organisation’s style including letterhead, forms, fonts and graphics or use Accuro’s standard templates.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1
£1.20
Next business day
Yes (4 hours)

Volume discounts and set price per letter (primary care) and price per line equivalency available on request

Multi-voice Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
2-4


5-7


8 +
£1.50


£1.70


£2.00
2 days


3 days


5 days
Yes (1 day)


Yes (1 day)


Yes (3 days)

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Who we work with

Accuro has been providing specialist transcription services to medical professionals in the UK since 2001. Our customers enjoy a reduction in their fixed secretarial costs, improved efficiency in document turnaround times and freedom from the HR headaches involved in recruitment and retention of staff.

Our customers include GP surgeries, NHS Trusts, and medical professionals working in the private sector.  Our doctors use the service as an extension to their team of employed secretaries, either as a complete solution, a daily overflow typing pool or on an adhoc basis when staff take annual or sick leave.

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