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Doctor's note difficulty
« on: September 19, 2017, 12:10:27 AM »
I have been having  problems with my Doctor about getting a note to be able to get a service dog and since I will be doing owner training I will need to have that note to be able to have help from a trainer. My Doctor is aware of my disability and my symptoms and that would benefit from a service dog. I have tried to explain the note and it's purpose multiple times.  I asked and explained to my psychiatric Doctor and they said and I quote " I'm sorry but we do not provide that service try your health Doctor "  so I did and they said and I quote " ask your psychiatric doctor about it because we can not do that for you I apologize ".  I went back to my psychiatric doctor they again said and I quote "they don't provide that service". They also asked me if what I am asking for is for somebody to give me a certification for a service dog including a certification paper with a vest and I immediately said and I quote "that is a scam there are NO certification anything for a service dog. So absolutely not. "   

Then they suggested that I talk to a vet or somebody at a petstore to some how give me more suggestions.    This is 100% true. I did not make any of this up.

I have a friend that agreed to come to my psychiatric Doctor appointment with me to help with me getting that note.

If anybody has suggestions or anything to say about this or could help please do. 

I am open to suggestions.
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Re: Doctor's note difficulty
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2017, 09:36:07 AM »
You can try explaining and asking again, it may help if you bring with you materials from your trainer describing what they want in a note and why so it looks more like a legitimate request. I've only used programs and they require forms to be filled out detailing my abilities, equipment use and opinion if I would benefit, etc. I never had a problem with this so it may help you if you have paperwork from your trainer about their program and what they do and require. You going in there without anything may cause them to balk more than with materials.

If they still refuse, you don't really have much option except to switch providers. If you do you'll want to make sure they are willing to write notes. It's not terribly uncommon to change doctors. I did it once this year for one that would not provide pain killers and I went around her back to primary care and then switched her for a different doctor.
 
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Re: Doctor's note difficulty
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2017, 11:33:34 AM »
Are you disabled? If so, I would ask the doctor who is treating you for the primary condition that disables you to write a letter stating that you are a patient in their care with a diagnostic code of the condition(s) that disable you. If you have a psychiatric disability, you need to get that letter from your psychiatrist, or any other licensed clinician who treats you for your psych disability. If you have a cardiac condition you need that letter from your cardiologist. If you have orthopedic deformities that are disabling, that letter should come from your orthopedist. Catch my drift? A doctor doesn't need to write for a service dog. A doctor needs to agree with you that you are disabled.
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Re: Doctor's note difficulty
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2017, 12:06:10 PM »
I got the drift the trainer required something about service dogs being written. I could be wrong. OP, what does your trainer require? Literally what do they want from a doctor, what do they want the letter to say?

Technically, I did not use a specialist to fill out forms from programs, just my Primary Care guy. Neurology was never involved with this because I didn't really use them anymore as they said PCP could handle it from then on, which they can. So I'd say PCP would be fine if the problem has already been identified and can be handled at the Primary Care level. But this may be different for you if you trainer requires it to come from a specialist or if you have a certain disability (psych) that normally requires letters for airlines or housing.

Ariel is right though. But I'd like to hear exactly what your trainer is requiring of your doctor in order to qualify as they may be asking something specific.
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Re: Doctor's note difficulty
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2017, 12:20:36 PM »
Guys, this is the friend that I was talking about in the thread that I linked to. Remember how I said that she has an account, but doesn't often log on?

Kirsten wrote out a sample letter that she felt would work, I texted it to the trainer that Shari wants to use (my trainer), and she said that it was good.

My trainer is really just looking for proof of disability, so something on the doctor's letterhead stating that their patient is disabled and has difficulty with ___. 
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Re: Doctor's note difficulty
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2017, 12:37:59 PM »
We just recently discussed this in another thread.

Don't ask the doctor about a service dog.  Ask them to write a note about your disability, that they (the doctor) either considers you to be disabled or to be substantially limited by your condition and then list the things you cannot do for yourself.

They don't actually know if a service dog would help.  That's not their area of expertise.  Their area is your health, what your condition is and how that condition affects your ability to function.  So ask them about their expertise.
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Re: Doctor's note difficulty
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2017, 01:25:23 PM »
Oh. Well then yeah don't bring up the dog or ask for a Rx for a dog, etc. Ask for proof of disability like the others say. That should be more straight forward. I thought you are asking about Rx or a letter saying you needed a working dog or somerhing.
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