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Reply #139: Oh I don't know. I highly doubt the notes contain a diagnosis of any sort. [View All]

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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-11 08:52 PM
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139. Oh I don't know. I highly doubt the notes contain a diagnosis of any sort.
Generally the note simply acknowledges the patient sought medical attention. The doctor is just saying, "yep, saw him/her today" and/or "so and so is cleared to return to work."

I used to manage a large group of people who were treated like children in this regard. Every single note I ever saw was entirely vague. I'm not even sure it would be legal to include a diagnosis on the note for privacy reasons. I've also lost count how many times doctors have asked me if I need a note to return to work. The doctors I know think the notes are a total joke. They really do not like having to see people for trivial reasons just so the person can get an excused absence from work.

Something else should be noted as well. I have no idea what the case is with the teachers' union in Wisconsin, but it is not unusual for a doctor's note to simply provide you with an "excused" absence from work but not result in any pay.
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