2016 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 41 - Torts
Article 5 - Medical Malpractice Act
Section 41-5-10 - Patient; future examinations and hearings.
41-5-10. Patient; future examinations and hearings.
A. Any health care provider shall be entitled to have a physical examination of the patient by a physician of the health care provider's choice from time to time for the purpose of determining the patient's continued need of medical care and related benefits, subject to the following requirements:
(1) notice in writing shall be delivered to or served upon the patient specifying the time and place where it is intended to conduct the examination. Such notice must be given at least ten days prior to the time stated in the notice. Delivery by certified mail is permitted;
(2) such examination shall be by a physician qualified to practice medicine under the law of this state or of the state or county wherein the patient resides;
(3) the place at which such examination is to be conducted shall not involve an unreasonable amount of travel for the patient considering all the circumstances. It shall not be necessary for a patient who resides outside this state to come into this state for such an examination unless so ordered by the court;
(4) within thirty days after the examination, the patient shall be compensated by the party requesting the examination for all necessary and reasonable expenses incidental to submitting to the examination including the reasonable cost of travel, meals, lodging, loss of pay or other like direct expense;
(5) examinations may not be required more frequently than at six-month intervals; except that upon application to the court having jurisdiction of the claim and after reasonable cause shown therefor, examination within a shorter interval may be ordered. In considering such application, the court should exercise care to prevent harassment to the patient;
(6) the patient shall be entitled to have a physician or an attorney of his own choice or both present at such examination. The patient shall pay such physician or attorney himself; and
(7) the patient shall be promptly furnished with a copy of the report of the physical examination made by the physician making the examination on behalf of the health care provider.
B. If a patient fails or refuses to submit to examination in accordance with the notice and if the requirements of Subsection A of this section have been satisfied, the court may forfeit all medical care and related benefits which would accrue or become due to him except for such failure or refusal to submit to examination during the period that he willfully persists in such failure or refusal.
C. If any patient shall persist in any injurious practice which imperils, retards or impairs his recovery or increases his injury or refuses to submit to such medical or surgical treatment as is reasonably essential to promote his recovery, the court may in its discretion reduce or suspend his medical care and related benefits until the injurious practice is discontinued.
D. Any physician selected by the health care provider and paid by the health care provider who shall make or be present at an examination of the patient conducted in pursuance of this section may be required to testify as to the conduct thereof and the findings made. Communications made by the patient upon such examination to such physician or physicians shall not be considered privileged.
E. The health care provider or the custodian of the patient's compensation fund shall pay all reasonable legal fees, cost of medical examinations and the cost of the fees of medical expert witnesses in any proceeding in which the patient succeeds in raising his medical care and related benefits or in any unsuccessful proceeding brought by the health care provider or the patient's compensation fund custodian to reduce medical care and related benefits.
History: 1953 Comp., 58-33-10, enacted by Laws 1976, ch. 2, 10.
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