RACGP ruffled by demand for pharmacy sick notes
A spike in demand for pharmacy sick notes has doctors fearful that people are bypassing their GP and missing out on continuity of care, particularly for chronic illnesses.
The so-called absence-from-work forms are available from major pharmacy chains for about $20 and can be used in place of traditional medical certificates. However, employers are not obliged to accept them.
Proponents of the service say it prevents GP surgeries from being inundated with extra paperwork from patients with minor ailments, but RACGP president Dr Bastian Seidel says the growing practice is