(a) A physician and surgeon primarily responsible for providing a patient an annual gynecological examination shall provide that patient during the annual examination in layperson’s language and in a language understood by the patient a standardized summary containing a description of the symptoms and appropriate methods of diagnoses for gynecological cancers. This section does not preclude the use of existing publications or pamphlets developed by nationally recognized cancer organizations or by the State Department of Health Services pursuant to Section 138.4 of the Health and Safety Code.
(b) A physician and surgeon who violates this section may be cited and assessed an administrative fine. No citation shall be issued and no fine shall be assessed upon the first complaint against a physician and surgeon who violates this section. Upon the second and subsequent complaints against a physician and surgeon who violates this section, a citation may be issued and an administrative fine may be assessed.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all fines collected pursuant to this section shall be credited to the Contingent Fund of the Medical Board of California to be used by the Office of Women’s Health within the State Department of Health Services for outreach services that provide information to women about gynecological cancers, but shall not be expended until they are appropriated by the Legislature in the Budget Act or another statute.
(d) Section 2314 shall not apply to this section.
(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 664, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2003.)
Last modified: October 25, 2018