Doctors in Pemberton, BC say that employers who demand sick notes from employees are adding unnecessary strain on the health care system.
The Pemberton Medical Clinic has been dispensing stern memos chastising employers who have strict sick note policies, and shelling out invoices of $50 sent directly to the organizations.
“Visiting a doctor’s office or an emergency room for a medical note does not support their recovery,” reads the letter which adds the best recovery for most sick workers is to stay at home, rest and drink fluids.
According to the clinic, providing sick notes is not covered by provincial medical insurance, and all future notes must be requested through employers which will cost $50.
“This is standard practice to fulfill non-medically necessary services for third-party organizations,” reads the letter.
The memo concludes by encouraging businesses to consider changing their policies to “help reduce the unnecessary burden on our health care-system.”
The document is signed by four doctors and one nurse practitioner.