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writtenByWritten by: Dr. Katalin Karolyi
Dr. Katalin Karolyi

Dr. Katalin Karolyi

Katalin Karolyi, M.D. earned her medical degree at the University of Debrecen. After completing her residency program in pathology at the Kenezy Hospital, she obtained a postdoctoral position at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Orlando, Florida.

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June 24, 2020 Read Time - 5 minutes

Doctor’s Note

We all need a doctor’s note at some point in our lives when medical conditions interfere with our other responsibilities.

At times you may have wondered, can you get a doctor’s note without seeing a doctor? In some cases, the hassle of setting up an appointment, traveling to the office, and asking for a physical note just seems like too much effort, especially when you’re feeling sick.

For some, this kind of effort might not even make it worth getting the note, and you head back to work or school feeling less than your usual self.

If you’ve ever experienced this dilemma, you’re not alone. Minor medical conditions that might not otherwise be worth the effort or cost for a note place you in the difficult position of deciding between your health, and your commitments. Fortunately, PlushCare is here to help. 

You can talk to an online doctor and get a doctor’s note through PlushCare. Our board certified physicians are highly trained and can diagnose your condition and prescribe any necessary medications.

Do You Have To Pay For A Doctor’s Note?

Doctor’s notes are a free accommodation provided you pay to receive medical care.

At PlushCare the average insured patient pays less than $25. We also accept uninsured patients for a flat rate of $99 an appointment.

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PlushCare provides the medical treatment you need from your own home, and even gets you a primary or urgent care doctor’s note for medical emergencies.

What is a Doctor’s Note?

A doctor’s note, otherwise known as a doctor’s excuse, is a piece of paper received from a medical professional to prove that you saw a doctor.

It is a legal document produced either directly by the doctor or their office administration that affirms you had an appointment.

Forging such a document by using a doctor’s note template is illegal and unethical. However, it is not uncommon for people to try to use a fake doctor’s note to get out of commitments at school or work.

For some, you might even be showing symptoms but are unable to make an appointment in time to justify your absence. Whatever the case, a real doctor’s note is always the smart option. Luckily now, it’s the easy choice too!

How to Get a Doctor’s Note

With PlushCare, you can get a doctor’s note online. Our doctor’s conduct virtual appointments via telephone or video calls for any number of medical conditions.

Our trusted medical professionals can examine your symptoms, give a diagnosis, and write you any necessary prescriptions or treatment plans, along with a doctor’s note.

Some common conditions doctor’s write notes for include:

Contagious Illness

If you are contagious, it is your responsibility to protect the health of your coworkers and customers by staying home. Preventing the spread of an illness is not only the ethical choice, but also the efficient one.

Returning to work once you’re better will mean you are more productive and efficient in your job. Further, getting those around you sick only hurts the output of the whole workplace. Some common illnesses include the common cold, stomach viruses, and the flu.


Most workplaces consider an injury that inhibits your ability to perform your job reasonably to be an appropriate need for sick leave. Supervisors usually prefer their employees to be working efficiently, rather than dragging out the length of an injury and working below capacity all the while. 

Medical appointment

Some workplaces allow you to use sick days to attend doctor appointments. This healthy habit prepares you to maintain proper health and reduces your likelihood of needing sick leave in the future. 

Diagnosed medical condition

Make sure to notify the human resources department when you start a new job about any pre-existing medical conditions you may have. If you require regular appointments of scheduled rest time, provide your employer with proper documentation from a medical professional.


If your condition requires hospitalization or treatment by a medical professional, you can use sick days to cover your absences. Discuss your extended leave options with your human resources department.

Pregnancy or delivery

Pregnancy and delivery are usually covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act to provide coverage for work days missed due to pregnancy related reasons. Your employer may also have a policy related to prenatal care and paternal leave.

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What is the Role of a Doctor’s Note For Work?

A doctor’s note for work performs three critical tasks.

  • It verifies the necessity of your visit.
  • Recommends the length of absence necessary.
  • Mentions any special accommodations you may need in order to return to work. 

Just click here to make an appointment and receive a doctor’s note for work, school, or any other commitments in your life.

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Sources Doctor Excuses for Missing Work. Accessed April 14, 2020 at Acceptable Reasons to Call in Sick. Accessed April 14, 2020 at

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