How To Get Your Doctor to Fill Out Paperwork When Your Doctor Won’t Fill Out Paperwork


Many doctor’s have an “office policy” that they won’t fill out disability paperwork.

If this happens to you, don’t lose hope. Many of our readers have found that they were still able to get the paperwork they needed!

Two Different Problems

If your doctor does not want to fill out paperwork, there are different reasons why this might be happening. You will probably handle things in a completely different way, depending on the problem:

🌷 One: How to Deal with a Doctor Who Hates Paperwork. If your doctor supports you, and believes you are disabled, but won’t fill out paperwork because they hate paperwork, this is a problem you may be able to overcome!

🌷 Two: How to Deal with a Doctor Who Does Not Believe You Are Disabled. This is a more complicated problem. If this is your situation, it is great to find out as soon as possible, so you have as many options as possible.

More Smart Ideas

🌷 Here’s where you can learn more about How to Tell What Your Doctor Really Thinks and what to do if your doctor does not support your disability application.

🌷 Here’s something you can do yourself that can be a huge help for your case. You can do this instead of getting a doctor’s form or letter. Or (in the dream world) you could get both: How To Make a Medical Outline.

🌷 The most common kind of paperwork that people use to help their Social Security disability case is called and RFC form. You can print it yourself and bring it to your doctor: How to Get a Great RFC Function Form

🌷 Paperwork from your doctor is not the only way to help your disability case. There are tons more things you can also do: How to Greatly, Greatly (Greatly!) Increase Your Chances of Approval

Updated January 2018. Please comment below with your questions, stories, and ideas. 

6 thoughts on “How To Get Your Doctor to Fill Out Paperwork When Your Doctor Won’t Fill Out Paperwork”

  1. My doctor initially said he did not do disability cases. He also had not ordered tests that would show some of the physical dysfunctions I had. I went to a specialist who ordered some tests that clearly showed immune, neurological and infectious disease problems. After studying the SSA Program Operations Manual so that I could understand the types of information they needed, I wrote the letters and filled out the Residual Functional Capacity forms needed from my doctors (4 doctors total). I attached the relevant lab results to the letters. I encouraged them to change the letters or forms in any way they deemed necessary to make them true and asked them to sign and send in the letters. This was the only way I was able to obtain cooperation from my doctors and from my last boss. Some did change the letters, but all cooperated. The disablity rules are so arcane, I don’t know how any physician who doesn’t specialize in disability cases could be expected to truly support a patient’s application. And, BTW, my attorney was little to no help. I had to ignore many of his suggestions in order to win my case.


  2. Something I would add is to build a relationship with your doctor. Don’t make one appointment and then ask to have paperwork filled out. That’s usually a no-go because, unless you bring significant records, a doctor has no idea if you’re telling the truth.

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    1. I agree. What largely worked in my favor was that I had years of history with my doctors. My primary in particular, has been my doctor for over 20 years. I don’t think many people have relationships with their doctors like that now a days


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