17:48E-33. Second, third surgical opinions
a. A health service corporation issuing a group or individual contract in accordance with this act, which provides payment for surgical services rendered to a person while confined in a hospital as an inpatient, shall make available benefits for a second surgical opinion for elective surgical procedures which would require an inpatient admission to a hospitaL. In the case of a group contract, benefits for a second surgical opinion shall be available only if requested by the group policyholder.
b. A second surgical opinion program shall provide for payment for the second surgical opinion of an eligible physician and for essential laboratory and x-ray services incidental thereto.
C. If a second surgical opinion does not confirm that the proposed elective surgical procedure is medically advisable, the program shall cover a third surgical opinion in the same manner as the second opinion.
d. A second surgical opinion program may exclude benefits (1) while a patient is confined in a hospital as an inpatient for any surgical procedure not covered by the group or individual contract, and (2) for surgical procedures in the following categories: cosmetic surgery, pregnancy-related surgery, dental surgery, podiatric surgery, and sterilization.
e. If a physician who furnishes a second or third surgical opinion also performs the surgical procedure, the second surgical opinion program need not provide payment for the second or third opinion serviceS.
L. 1985, C. 236, S.33, eff. July 15, 1985.
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