Employees everywhere take note:
If you have a boss who forces you to get a doctor’s certificate every time you take a day off for a cold, then you need to find yourself a doctor like this.
This Canadian doctor, furious with people crowding his office when all they need is a doctor’s certificate for work, has decided to take a stand.
He has written a standard form for people who come in to his office with minor and common illnesses just to satisfy their employers.
An amused patient recently posted the letter to reddit:
If you can’t see clearly on the photo, we typed it out just for you:
An employee of your company visited my office/emergency room for the purpose of obtaining a medical not to satisfy your company’s absenteeism policy. This request is a non-insured service, non funded by Medical Services Insurance.
As a business operator in Nova Scotia, I am asking for your support in helping to alleviate an unnecessary pressure on the health-care system. I am hoping you will consider revisiting your current absenteeism policy and remove the requirement for your employees to obtain a medical note for missed time from work.
This policy creates an unnecessary burden on the the health-care system and also exposes seriously ill patients in my office to viruses that could cause detrimental consequences to their health. In most cases, the best remedy for a patient with an isolated illness (i.e. gastrointestinal virus or common cold) is to stay home, rest and drink fluids. Coming to a doctor’s office or an emergency room for a medical note does not complement their recovery.