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PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 709-JULY 31, 1946 the employee and, in the case of maternity sickness, the expected date of birth and the actual date of birth of the child. Such state- ments may be executed by any doctor (authorized to practice in the State or foreign jurisdiction in which he practices his profession) or any officer or supervisory employee of a hospital, clinic, group health association, or other similar organization, who is qualified under such regulations as the Board may prescribe to execute such Regulations, statements. The Board shall issue regulations for the qualification of such persons to execute such statements. When so executed by any such person, or, in the discretion of the Board, by others desig- nated by the Board individually or by groups, they may be accepted as initial proof of days of sickness sufficient to certify for payment a claim for benefits." An, p. 739. SEC. 323. Section 12 is further amended by adding thereto the fol- lowing subsections: aPhyical, etc., ex- "(n) Any employee claiming, entitled to, or receiving sickness bene- fits under this Act may be required to take such examination, physical, medical, mental, or otherwise, in such manner and at such times and by such qualified individuals, including medical officers or employees of the United States or a State, as the Board may prescribe. The place or places of examination shall be reasonably convenient for the employee. No sickness or maternity benefits shall be payable under this Act with respect to any period during which the employee unrea- sonably refuses to take or willfully obstructs an examination as pre- scribed by the Board. Report by doctor to "Any doctor who renders any attendance, treatment, attention, or care, or performs any examination with respect to a sickness of an employee or as to the expected date of birth of a female employee's child, or the birth of such a child, upon which a claim or right to benefits under this Act is based, shall furnish the Board, in such man- ner and form and at such times as the Board by regulations may pre- scribe, information and reports relative thereto and to the condition patriveof ledtor- of the employee. An application for sickness or maternity benefits under this Act shall contain a waiver of any doctor-patient privilege that the employee may have with respect to any sickness or maternity Disclosure of infor- period upon which such application is based: Provided, That such . information shall not be disclosed by the Board except in a court pro- ceeding relating to any claim for benefits by the employee under this Act. Agreements with "The Board may enter into agreements or arrangements with hospitals, etc. doctors, hospitals, clinics, or other persons for securing the exami- nation, physical, medical, mental, or otherwise, of employees claim- ing, entitled to, or receiving sickness or maternity benefits under this Act and the performance of services or the use of facilities in con- Oompensation. nection with the execution of statements of sickness. The Board may compensate any such doctors, hospitals, clinics, or other persons upon such reasonable basis as the Board shall prescribe. Such doc- tors, hospitals, clinics, or other persons and persons employed by any of them shall not be subject to the Act of Congress approved 6U. . 0.O. 6. March 3, 1917 (39 Stat. 1106, ch. 163, sec. 1). In the event that the Board pays for the physical or mental examination of an employee or for the execution of a statement of sickness and such employee's beductions f r om claim for benefits is based upon such examination or statement, the Board shall deduct from any sickness or maternity benefits payable to the employee pursuant to such claim such amount as, in the judg- ment of the Board, is a fair and reasonable charge for such examina- tion or execution of such statement. [60 STAT.