BMA membership FAQs

We answer frequently asked questions about the BMA membership.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Last reviewed: 21 January 2022
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Claims and reduced subscriptions

What are the salary thresholds to claim a reduced subscription?

Depending on your circumstances, we can offer a reduced subscription if you are:

  • permanently retired
  • on maternity leave
  • a doctor new to the UK
  • going overseas
  • on a lower income
  • having a career break.

Members whose gross professional income is not expected to exceed £17,000 will benefit from a reduced rate of £173 (£14.41pm).

Members whose gross professional income is not expected to exceed £49,000 will benefit from a reduced rate of £235 (£19.58pm).


I'm eligible for a reduced subscription, what do I do next?

If you qualify for a reduced subscription, please complete our claim form online. Please note that we require a new claim form to be completed each subscription year.

Watch our video on how to claim a reduced subscription

You can also call 0300 123 1233 to claim your reduced subscription over the phone.


I am on maternity leave. How can I claim my reduced subscription?

We will change your subscription to a lower rate once you tell us you are on maternity leave. You will automatically benefit from this reduction at your next renewal. Please complete our claim form online

You should let us know if you return to work before the reduced subscription ends as you won’t be eligible to receive this reduction consecutively for a third subscription year. 

Please email [email protected] or call 0300 123 1233 for more details.


When am I entitled to free life membership?

After completion of being a member for 50 years.


My spouse/partner is a member, what will my membership fee be?

If both members pay over £235 per year, one member will be entitled to a reduced subscription of £235. To qualify, both members must be registered at the same address.

Please email [email protected] or call 0300 123 1233 for more details.



When is the BMA subscription year?

The subscription year runs from 1 October to 30 September.


How do I join the BMA?

You can either call one of our advisors on 0300 123 1233 to join over the phone or you can join online.

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What are the subscription rates for BMA membership?

Depending on where you are in your career and whether you are currently working in the UK, BMA membership rates vary.

See our subscription rates to find out more.


I'm retiring from the NHS but still working, what subscriptions rates do I pay?

This will depend on your gross earnings from all medical practice. Please email [email protected] or call 0300 123 1233 for more details.

How can I change my direct debit from monthly to annual payment, or vice versa?

There is no need to contact your bank, please call one of our advisers on 0300 123 1233 who will be happy to help. 

Overseas doctors

I am an overseas doctor, can I become a member?

Yes, if you hold qualifications recognised by the UK General Medical Council and you are registerable with the appropriate authority where you live. 

To join the BMA, please call us on 0300 123 1233 and we will be able to complete your application over the phone.


How will my membership be affected if I am going overseas or returning to the UK from abroad?

Your membership subscription will be adjusted accordingly and some of the benefits available may change.

Please email [email protected] or call 0300 123 1233  for more details.



How do I request a replacement membership card?

Please email [email protected] and we will send you a replacement card.

How do I cancel my membership?

We're sorry to hear you're thinking about leaving. Please contact our retention team on 0300 123 1233 so we can assist you.

When do I start receiving support?

We are here to help from the moment you join us. For situations that predate your BMA membership, assistance may be limited to telephone and email advice only. You are encouraged to contact the BMA prior to joining in order to avoid any disappointment or misunderstandings.

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Need help? For questions about any aspect of your working life, our advisers are here to help you. Opening times: 8am - 8pm Monday to Friday (excluding UK bank holidays) and 9am - 12pm on Saturdays.

Update your details

How do I update my personal details?

We have produced a series of videos that show how to:

Log in to update your details

If you need any further assistance with updating your place of work, you can also email [email protected].


My tax receipts

How do I find out how much I paid for my BMA membership? Can I have a copy of my tax receipt?

you can log in the ‘My Account’ section of the website and request a tax receipt from the payment details tab. 

Watch our video on how to claim your tax receipts

Alternatively, you can email [email protected] with your request and we will reply to you within three working days.

Please note that we can only include details of subscription payments that have actually been made.


Can you give me advice about claiming back professional fees on my tax return?

BMA members can claim back an element of their subscription from HMRC. Visit the HMRC website for more details. 

As our members have differing incomes we are not qualified to give individual advice and you should contact your accountant or financial adviser should you require further advice.



Will my subscription fees be reduced if I do not receive the paper edition of the BMJ?

Unfortunately, we can't reduce subscriptions based on specific benefits being used or not.

However, please remember that as part of your membership package you have full access to the publication on the BMJ website.

How do I stop receiving the paper copy of the BMJ?

Please email [email protected] or call 0300 123 1233 with your request.

I am a final-year medical student. How can I change over to the weekly BMJ?

Please email [email protected] or call 0300 123 1233 with your request.