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Frequently asked questions about doctor's notes

A doctor’s note, also known as a clinical excuse note, work excuse note, or a sick note, is a written document provided by a health care professional that confirms your medical condition and excuses you from work or school. It typically includes information about your diagnosis, your recommended treatment, and your expected recovery time. This note serves as evidence to employers or educational institutions that you are unable to attend or participate in certain activities due to your health condition.

All providers on Sesame are able to write doctor’s notes! This includes physician assistants (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), naturopathic doctors (NDs, NMDs), and osteopathic physicians (DOs). They are also able to provide a diagnosis, prescribe medications, and order lab tests.

However, it is always best to check your company policy or school policy about their requirements regarding documentation for sick leave, as rules about who can provide a work excuse note can vary depending on your employer or educational institution.

A doctor’s note is typically required if you are taking time off from work or school due to illness, injury, or a medical condition. It may also be required for certain activities or events that require proof of good health, such as participating in sports or traveling to certain countries. Your employer or educational institutions will likely have specific policies regarding the need for documentation when requesting time off due to sickness, so it’s best to check directly with them to confirm if and when a doctor’s note is required.

Yes, providers on Sesame are able to write doctor’s notes online – all of our providers are board-certified, licensed medical professionals who can provide high-quality care, diagnose your condition and prescribe necessary medications. Obtaining a clinical excuse note online is a convenient and efficient option, especially if you don’t have the time or resources to get to a doctor’s office for an in-person doctor appointment. If you or a family member requires a clinical excuse note, talk to a provider on Sesame today.

Need a note but don’t want the hassle of going to an actual clinic? Sesame now offers real doctor’s notes via telehealth appointments. During these online doctor visits, you can speak to a high-quality health care provider about any symptoms or health concerns you may have.

If a clinical excuse note is deemed clinically appropriate after your appointment, your provider will fill out a doctor's note template which tells your employer or educational institution how long you are excused for, as well as any additional notes that the provider needs to convey. You will receive an email with your doctor’s note attached once the note is submitted by your provider, and you can also access it through your Sesame portal. If you require more than one doctor’s note, Sesame providers are able to enter multiple notes under one appointment, so there’s no need to schedule more than one appointment for a note.

No, you do not need to pay for a doctor’s note in addition to your Sesame appointment. If you have booked a consult with a Sesame provider and your diagnosis is preventing you from attending work or school, your provider can write you a doctor’s note free of charge.

A doctor’s note will typically include the date of examination and any restrictions or accommodations necessary for the individual's recovery, including how long you need to be excused from work or school and a doctor’s name or doctor's signature. It can serve as proof of illness or injury and can be used to excuse an individual from work or school.

Employers have the right to request additional information about a disability or health condition an employee may have. These inquiries can only be made if they are related to a business necessity and the performance of an individual’s job. If a request is made, the employer must adhere to privacy rules as laid out by the ADA.

It is important to obtain a real doctor's note from a licensed healthcare provider such as a physician, a physician’s assistant, or a nurse practitioner to avoid any potential consequences for using fraudulent documents.

In most circumstances, your employer is allowed to request a doctor’s note from you if you are requesting sick leave or a leave of absence. If you are missing work for an extended period, you typically need to provide an official doctor's note to your employer so that you can be covered by the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) while you’re away from work.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employer is also allowed to ask for medical proof if you are requesting certain accommodations (such as medical leave). Review your company's extended medical leave policy or contact your human resources department to learn more. You can also check here for a list of states and cities with paid leave laws.

Forging a doctor's note can have serious legal and professional consequences. You can face disciplinary action at work or school, such as suspension, termination, or expulsion, and it can also damage your reputation or future job prospects.

Additionally, using a fake document to obtain sick leave or other benefits could result in criminal fraud charges. It is always best to obtain legitimate documentation from a licensed healthcare provider rather than attempting to create a fraudulent document.

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