Last night I watched a video shot yesterday at Madison WI in which they had "doctors" with clipboards handing out "sick" vouchers to teachers and public service union workers who were at the rally instead of at work. Fox News had a producer ask for one from a street doctor and went through the interview. The essential question was, "what days do you need it for."
There was no discussion of symptoms, illness, recovery, medical evidence, possible treatment. The producer asked the doctor if she needed more. The reply was, "if you want, but I don't need it."
Then the doctor signs the form, dates it, and enters her medical license number. Now the employee is good to go and protected from adverse reaction by the public which they are hired to serve.
Questions of the "first do no harm" dictum aside, what is wrong with this?
Liberals being the litigious loons that they are, I foresee a situation in which they realize that a doctor has certified they are ill, yet has taken no palliative action. They can easily mine a rich field of malpractice claims as they prove failure to identify conditions that were seriously harmful, life-threatening, or socially embarrassing.
Let's say Suzy Pedant is driving home from the rally in her Toyota Prius when she has a traffic accident. Since she has a paper in her pocket signed by a doctor that she was too sick to go to work, yet nothing was prescribed and she was not cautioned against driving in her perilous condition. Sounds like that doctor is seriously culpable.
OTOH, why not simply harvest those license numbers then conduct a state medical board examination of those doctors for currency, qualification, ethical standards and medical competence?