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Fake Doctor Excuse: Sin Or Savior?

Mar 10, 2008
The ethics of buying a fake doctors excuse is a hot topic of debate these days. Although opinion varies, the fact is that thousands of people each day buy fake doctors notes to miss work or delay a test at school. This is not surprising when you think that most of us have told a "little white lie" at one time in our lives. Many would say that small lies are so common from politicians to used car salesmen that we often take them for granted. Clearly, we all have our own set of ethics we follow and the buying of doctor's excuses is an individual choice that is not for me to judge.

What about the ethics of those who sell fake doctors notes? Considering the hundreds of companies that sell doctors excuses on the Internet the demand for them must be high. However, this should not be surprising. For hundreds of years the main focus of business was to provide products and services that others wanted. On most of these sites it is obvious the doctors excuse is not real; they often provide disclaimers attesting to that. These companies are not interested in judging consumers, just providing what they want. What is my advice to consumers? - If you are going to by a doctor's note, make sure is a good one.

One of the areas that may be effecting the purchase of fake doctors notes may be health care. You have only to read a newspaper or watch TV to see that the Health Insurance problem in the U.S. is a crisis. Perhaps that is part of the reason thousands of workers and students buy a doctors excuse online everyday. With millions uninsured and the cost of health care rising access to doctors for a visit is growing more difficult. As more and more products and services move online it may not be long before many things done in a traditional doctors office are done on line. At least for now, this seems to include fake doctors notes.

Some have asked about the legality of fake doctors excuses. As far as I know they are perfectly legal in most cases to by and sell. Many see them as more of an ethical issue than a legal one. If you think you can "put one over" on your boss or professor with a fake doctor's excuse you buy, more power to you.
About the Author
Dr. Parchment was trained in Internal Medicine and worked in the public health and health care administration for many years. She is currently the Director of Physician Remedy where she consults and advocates for health education and decreasing health disparities. Find all there is to know about a Doctors Excuse at Doctor's Excuse
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