For instance, one may backdate an insurance claim if there was an unavoidable delay between the date the insured event occurred and the day the claim was made.The practice of allowing a mutual fund shareholder to use previous purchases of the fund's shares so as to qualify for reduced commission charges on subsequent purchases.It is a busy afternoon, and a patient phones you asking for a referral for a follow-up specialist appointment she attended a month earlier.You had initially referred her to the specialist and that referral had expired.However, if a patient on an indefinite referral has a new or unrelated condition, the GP must issue a new referral for that condition, even if for the same specialist.In some situations, provisions are made for Medicare benefits to be paid if a referral has been lost, stolen or destroyed.Giving retroactive value to purchases from the earlier date.
They can feel an obligation to help their patient who will otherwise be left out of pocket without a current referral. It is unlawful to backdate a referral and GPs should not agree to such requests.
Backdating is usually illegal; for example, one may use backdating to evade taxes.
However, it can be permissible under certain circumstances.
A dealership might choose to backdate a contract for convenience, or because the lender’s acceptance of the deal was based on the original sale date, but more often than not it is because the dealer has found a way to make more money and needs to rewrite the contract so that they can pocket the extra profit.
Regardless of the reason, backdating a contract is illegal.