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Charge, Long Wait for Mammograms

May 5, 2011
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A new study says low-income women in New York City wait too long for mammograms. The review was of nine municipal hospitals..

The audit examined waiting times in the 2009 fiscal year.  The longest wait was at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens. Women waited 148 days for routine screening mammograms and 50 days for diagnostic mammograms, when a lump or another sign of cancer is suspected.

New York officials said the findings were outdated. They said they had reduced the waiting time.

The Comptroller’s Office study said the waiting times were dangerously long. The city official said there are no delays when a patient needs a mammogram immediately.

Patients with a lump or other negative findings can receive a diagnostic mammogram within 24 to 72 hours.

Auditors usually share their conclusions with the agencies they are examining. The agencies can make the necessary changes before the audit is published.

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