In April MSD made some temporary changes for medical certificates as part of the COVID-19 response. This was to make it easier for clients to get the support they needed during Alert Levels Three and Four.

From Monday 15 June 2020, MSD will start asking people to provide a medical certificate (when needed) to support their applications for benefits and other assistance. This includes Disability Allowance medical certificates for new applications and new costs.

Having initial medical certificates for benefit applications means clients can get the right type of assistance straight away.

Other temporary changes we’ve made around medical certificates are still in place. These are:

  • No medical certificate renewals for existing clients
  • No proof of costs for Disability Allowance (eg receipts)
  • No annual reviews (for example for Disability Allowance or Child Disability Allowance) or social housing reviews.