BEIJING, June 21 (Xinhuanet)--With many World Cup fans in China pulling boozy all-nighters to watch the games, illegitimate sick notes are just what the doctors are ordering.
Online bulletin boards and websites are rife with advertisements for doctors' notes excusing employees from work. The notes cost between 100 yuan and 300 yuan ($14.6 to $44).
A woman claiming to be a doctor, whom China Daily spoke to by phone, said she sells sick notes, medical certificates, and proof of hospitalization and discharge, from most hospitals and clinics in Beijing.
"Many people have contacted me to get doctors' notes - mostly so they can watch the World Cup - over the past few weeks," she said.
"To better convince their employers, I tailor the notes for individual customers according to their actual medical histories."
She claimed the notes she sells are real but are illegitimately obtained through networks she has built among hospitals.
Usually, sellers require a bank transfer down payment and pledge to e-mail a photo or video of the note for customers to see before paying the rest of the money.
Pim Johnson, with Shanghai East International Medical Center's medical department, said strict rules govern doctors' issuances of sick notes, and anyone who breaks the rules will be punished.
"I don't think any doctor will be willing to sell the note," he said."The punishment they will get is so severe that it's not worth it to take the risk."
"It is almost impossible to actually use a fake sick note, "Johnson added.
- Reporter: Typical Chinese football fan 2010-06-12