Doctor's Notes... GRR!!


I've always hated Doctor's notes - they are a waste of resources, time, money and energy. At 15 dollars a pop, two of my professors demanded them from me this year. I understand needing them for school when you miss an exam or test, but really??

And in regards to work, I think they're also a waste and redundant. When you are actually sick, you're expected to go to the Doctor's office, wait for 30 mins, go in and then waste their time by asking for a doctor's note while there are people who here to actually get treated. I had this convo with my doc and he finds the whole system to be completely bizarre as well. You're already feeling sick, have to trek down to a clinic and pay them just to be told "all you can do is rest and stay hydrated" and be handed a piece of paper.

How do you feel about Doc notes?? Yay or nay?
Feb 23, 2016 @ 01:14 pm

15 Replies



it's so easy to get them even when you're not ill. Ugh!
Feb 23, 2016 @ 01:16 pm


They are such a joke and it isn't fair you have to get them. Just by leaving your bed and going to the doctor you could get even more sick or feel worse. It isn't right.
Feb 23, 2016 @ 01:28 pm


Plus if u have a flu or something there is no way to test for that my doctor said so it is just pointless.
Feb 23, 2016 @ 01:29 pm


Ive always ended up feeling worse (especially in winter!). Seriously pointless. I've been required to get these for menstrual pains too :-( The most annoying thing ever.
Feb 23, 2016 @ 01:48 pm

I feel the same!

I've been charged anywhere from $35 to $15 for a doctor's note. It's a generic note and the receptionist fills in my name and stamps the clinic's name on. UGH! So frustrating!
Feb 23, 2016 @ 01:58 pm


I have been off sick since last May I had surgery. Every few months I have to get one. This week I see the surgeon and most likely will get another one.
Feb 23, 2016 @ 03:45 pm


My notes are a couple lines. That is very long!
Feb 23, 2016 @ 03:46 pm


That's the longest doctor's note I've ever seen! My doctor doesn't make me pay for a note but it's still a hassle to have to go to her when I just want to stay in bed and rest. I feel that this is also the reason a lot of people show up sick to work. They figure, since they'll end up waiting hours in a doctor's office, they might as well just go to work and tough it out, which then gets other people sick. In my opinion, if an employer allots you a certain number of sick days per year, they should be allowed to be taken with no questions asked. It's a right everyone should have but I know it's not always the case, especially if you're not unionized.
Feb 23, 2016 @ 05:32 pm


That makes lots of sense. If we are off 3 days we need a note.
Feb 23, 2016 @ 10:32 pm

Sick notes for long term illness only

I work in HR (in healthcare) and I completely disagree with this process. First of all, you're not resting so you can return to work faster but you're spreading your germs - especially during flu season! The flu can KILL. I also hate it when someone tries to be a hero and comes to work ill. I don't want your germs (and in Healthcare you're exposing other colleagues and patients - just stay home!!!
On the other hand, from 16 years' HR experience there are reasons why attendance management programs exist - for those who aren't really sick or have a habit of being sick on Mondays and Fridays and days surrounding a holiday or vacation days that were denied. So I get it in SOME instances. Also, if you have a long term illness the yes, you need the doctor's note to begin a leave of absence. For a short term thing - no way. A waste of everyone's time, money and the biggest problem - spreading germs when you're contagious.
Feb 24, 2016 @ 03:17 am

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