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My GP and Forms

My GP and Forms

Posted by scaredysquirrel on Aug 30, 2018 4:00 pm

I just found out that my GP does not fill out forms for returning to work!  It's kind of strange because he did fill out a form for me when I was diagnosed with cancer.  My work place won't allow me to return until this paperwork is filled out.  It's to do with my restrictions with my job.  Has anyone else ever experienced this with their Dr?  I do have another GP who will fill it out, but I've only seen him once.  He is not familiar with my cancer diagnosis nor what I've been through. Just great.  I'm trying to cooperate with my Insurance and work now this.  Oh boy.  Oh yeah, to top it off he charges $75.00 to fill it out. - providing he will.

Re: My GP and Forms

Posted by jorola on Aug 30, 2018 6:21 pm

Can your oncologist do it? It is better if filled out by a specialist anyway. Oh and by the way - ask your employer if they are reimbursing you for this as it is their requirement for you to return to work, not yours.

Re: My GP and Forms

Posted by scaredysquirrel on Aug 30, 2018 8:33 pm

jorola‍ , my GP kindly filled out the form - for $50.  It's possible I can get it covered.  I just hope my workplace accepts it because I remember another Dr. before filling it out and he had to do it again because they wanted specific info. like how much weight I'm allowed to lift.  My GP just said I was restricted.  Hopefully they will accept this, I'm pushing my luck getting it done twice!  Thanks

Re: My GP and Forms

Posted by Cynthia Mac on Aug 31, 2018 7:30 am

You rock, jorola‍ . I wouldn’t have thought of that!

scaredysquirrel‍ , if you’ve had discussions with your specialists about how much you are able to lift, I’d adhere to that. If your HR wants to know about restrictions, give them that information verbally, and if they aren’t happy with it, give them the specialist’s phone number (won’t get them very far, but at least you’ve given them all the info.)

Doctors here in our area now charge for “administration” letters, and the prices you’ve cited fall in line with the going rate here in Ontario.

Re: My GP and Forms

Posted by scaredysquirrel on Aug 31, 2018 7:35 pm

Yes, I can speak with my caseworker and rehab specialist about a possible reimbursement.  I'll be glad to get this paperwork trail done.  I may have "shot myself in the foot" on another front, while debating about retirement I applied for regular CPP.  I'm not sure if that was a wise idea or not as my LTD has not ended yet and will continue while I do the rehab program.  I hope I can maybe cancel it or possibly change the start date.  I tried phoning Services Canada today but they were super busy.  I'll try on Tuesday Sept 4th to contact someone.  Thanks Cynthia Mac‍ and jorola‍ , great tips.

Re: My GP and Forms

Posted by Cynthia Mac on Aug 31, 2018 8:29 pm

I don’t know were you are in the ‘getting CPP early’ spectrum, but you might want to take it now anyway. Here’s why:

1.) depending on when it starts, it may augment or make up for lost wages while you’ve been off, and/or are phasing back to work.
2.) it will give you a “fall back” if you get to a point where you want to pack it in.

I’ll be eligible to receive CPP soon, and my financial guy keeps saying “do eet” while my bookkeeper keeps saying “hold off.” I’m leaning toward the “bird in the hand” approach. ;-)

Re: My GP and Forms

Posted by scaredysquirrel on Aug 31, 2018 9:50 pm

Hi Cynthia Mac‍ , good points.  I will be 64 in December.  I can pretty much apply for my work pension any time once I'm back.  I guess it all depends on how I feel about being back to the grind and how long I can hang in there.  Hopefully, it won't be too long.  There sure is a lot of advice out there about when to take CPP.  You really do need sound financial advice!