Information for health practitioners about completing medical certificates
Work and Income medical certificates are documents containing health and/or disability related information about a person. They are legal documents. Any statement a doctor certifies must be honest and made in good faith (Medical Council of New Zealand; December 2007).
All medical certificates need to:
- be written legibly (if relevant), minimising the use of medical terms for easy comprehension
- disclose only information that is accurate and based upon clinical observation, any patient comment should be clearly distinguished from clinical observation
- clearly identify the examination date and the expected period of treatment.
All retrospective medical certificates should be clearly marked as "retrospective".