Doctors Warn $20 Sickie Certificates Could Make You Sicker

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Doctors say going to your pharmacy for a medical certificate could actually make you sicker in the long term.

$20 Absence from Work certificates are for sale at some Australian pharmacies, but AMA treasurer and Brunswick GP Dr Michael Levick says it’s not a good idea.

“When you have a physical or psychological problem, you need to see someone with proper medical training.”

“Pharmacist are not trained to take a medical history, do an examination and make a diagnosis.”

He said while some people might believe it’s can be hard to get in to see a doctor, that’s just not the case.

“Access to general practice care is not the problem that everyone believes. If you do have an issue that needs to be seen the same day, you will be seen the same day.”

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