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July 9, 2021 Read Time - 6 minutes

Doctor’s Note Template: How to Get a Legitimate Doctor’s Note

Getting a doctor’s note for work absence can be a real hassle, and it may be tempting to look for a doctor’s note template or to make one yourself. After all, if you only have a bad cold or a mild case of the flu, you might think that there’s not much your doctor can do for you.

However, forging a doctor’s note is illegal and unethical. Even though you may be able to find websites that provide an urgent care doctor’s note template, you risk losing your job, paying fines, or even facing jail time.

Luckily, there is a legal way to get a doctor’s note without having to go in for an in-person appointment. You can get a doctor’s note for work or school with an online appointment through PlushCare legally and easily. Why break the law when you can get a doctor’s note after an affordable video or phone appointment?



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What Is a Doctor’s Note?

A doctor’s note is a legal document produced by a doctor’s office that proves that you (or your child) saw a doctor. While the term “doctor’s note” may sound casual, it is as much of a legal document as a contract, which is why using a template to create a doctor’s note is forgery.

What Does a Doctor’s Note Need to Say?

A doctor’s note should include information about your appointment and work absence. Due to doctor–patient confidentiality, your doctor cannot disclose your illness without your permission.

A doctor’s note should have the following information:

  • The date you saw the doctor
  • That you had a valid reason for missing work or school
  • How long you will be out of work or school
  • Any limitations you may have when you return to work

Doctor’s Note Template

If you are looking for a doctor’s note template for school or work because you want to skip the hassle of going to the doctor, consider scheduling an online doctor appointment instead.

Filling out a doctor’s note template for work or school with false information or forging a doctor’s signature is illegal and unethical. Instead, PlushCare makes getting a real note even more convenient than faking a note while eliminating the risks.

With PlushCare, you can schedule a video or phone appointment with a licensed doctor for the same copay that you would have if you went to your doctor’s office (plus the cost of a PlushCare membership). Without insurance, it’s only $119 (plus the cost of a PlushCare membership) to schedule an online doctor’s appointment and get a legal doctor’s note.

How to Get a Doctor’s Note

The best way to get a doctor’s note is to schedule an appointment with a doctor. Luckily, there’s no need to go see a doctor in person. Whether you’re struggling with nasal congestion or food poisoning, you can schedule an online appointment with one of the trusted doctors at PlushCare and legally get a doctor’s note without the hassle of going in for an in-person appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Get Fired for a Fake Doctor’s Note?

While doctor’s note policies vary from company to company, it is safe to assume that you could get fired for using a fake doctor’s note, especially since forgery is illegal.

Using a doctor’s note template is forgery. Usually classified as a misdemeanor, forging a doctor’s note could result in fines or even jail time. In some cases, forging a doctor’s note is even considered a felony.

Can a Job Call and Verify a Doctor’s Note?

Yes, your employer can call to verify that you went to an appointment when your doctor’s note said you were there. Even if you only had the common cold, forging a doctor’s note with fake information—or even your real doctor’s information if you did not go in for an appointment—is always a bad idea.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, “your employer can ask you for a doctor’s note or other health information if they need the information for sick leave, workers’ compensation, wellness programs, or health insurance.” With that said, your employer cannot ask for any specifics about your health or the reason for your visit.

How Much Does a Doctor’s Note Cost?

Generally, a doctor’s note is included in the cost of the appointment. With PlushCare, the cost of getting a doctor’s note is the same as your usual copay if you have insurance or $119 without insurance, plus the cost of a PlushCare membership.

What Does a Doctor’s Note Look Like?

A doctor’s note will usually have the name, phone number, and address of the doctor’s office, as well as the patient’s name, date of birth, and address. The doctor’s note should also have the date the person was seen, the medical reason for missing work or school, and how long the person will be out of work or school.

Finally, the doctor’s note should be signed by a licensed doctor.

Can Urgent Care Give You a Doctor’s Note?

Yes, urgent care can give you a doctor’s note. However, urgent care copays are often higher than your usual copay. 

Can You Get a Doctor’s Note for Food Poisoning?

Yes, you may be able to get a doctor’s note for food poisoning. Since you may only have food poisoning for a few days, booking an online doctor’s appointment gives you a convenient alternative to going to a doctor’s office in person. Do not use a fake doctor’s note for food poisoning when you could get a legitimate doctor’s note instead. Book an online appointment at PlushCare today.

  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

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Can Online Doctors Give Doctor’s Notes?

Yes! Online doctors can give doctor’s notes and save you the hassle of going in for an in-person appointment. With PlushCare, you can schedule a video or phone appointment as soon as the same day to get a doctor’s note for the same copay you would pay if you went to your regular doctor (plus the cost of a PlushCare membership).

During your appointment, your doctor will ask about your symptoms, medical history, and any medications you take. If they can prescribe anything to help you feel better, they will send an online prescription to your local pharmacy. After the appointment, you can request a doctor’s note for your employer or your child’s school.

With PlushCare, getting an online doctor’s note is safe, legal, and easy with an online appointment.


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Sources:

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National Institutes of Health. Patients learning to read their doctors’ notes: the importance of reminders. Accessed on February 23, 2021 at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4997031/

US Department of Health and Human Services. Employers and Health Information in the Workplace. Accessed on February 23, 2021 at https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/employers-health-information-workplace/index.html

SHRM. Is an employer permitted to ask for a doctor’s note when an employee has a health-related absence? Accessed on February 23, 2021 at https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/tools-and-samples/hr-qa/pages/doctor%E2%80%99snotes.aspx

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