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The 2019 Florida Statutes

Title XXXII
REGULATION OF PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
Chapter 458
MEDICAL PRACTICE
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F.S. 458.339
458.339 Physician’s consent; handwriting samples; mental or physical examinations.Every physician who accepts a license to practice medicine in this state shall, by so accepting the license or by making and filing a renewal of licensure to practice in this state, be deemed to have given his or her consent, during a lawful investigation of a complaint, to the following:
(1) To render a handwriting sample to an agent of the department and, further, to have waived any objections to its use as evidence against him or her.
(2) To waive the confidentiality and authorize the preparation and release of medical reports pertaining to the mental or physical condition of the physician himself or herself when the department has reason to believe that a violation of this chapter has occurred and when the department issues an order, based on the need for additional information, to produce such medical reports for the time period relevant to the complaint. As used in this section, “medical reports” means a compilation of medical treatment of the physician himself or herself which shall include symptoms, diagnosis, treatment prescribed, relevant history, and progress.
(3) To waive any objection to the admissibility of the reports as constituting privileged communications. Such material maintained by the department shall remain confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) until probable cause is found and an administrative complaint issued.
History.ss. 1, 8, ch. 79-302; ss. 1, 3, ch. 80-352; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 25, 26, ch. 86-245; s. 10, ch. 91-140; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 312, ch. 96-406; s. 1092, ch. 97-103.