I have been asked to write letters for patients to the unemployment commission about why they are unable to look for work; their reasons are usually due to chronic pain issues, etc. I don't provide them, but I will of course provide copies of notes from their visits. I have also been asked to sign forms for the utility companies so they don't have to pay them, but I don't usually sign them either (I make an exception for one family with really egregious circumstances I will not detail here). I have some colleagues in my office who will and some who will not. I also get asked to write letters to judges about why they missed a court date, letters to schools about absences, etc. My policy is, no, I don't write letters.
Do you get asked for these things? Do you have a policy on them or do you take them on a case by case basis? I just say it is my policy not to provide anything other than the visit notes. I don't have time to write letters for every Tom, Dick and Harry and I'm not getting into the whole not paying the utilities thing. I only make an exception for that one family because as I say, their circumstances are really exceptional. I simply tell patients I don't sign them for anyone. How do you approach it?