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Access to Mammography Services in Florida Is More Limited for Low-Income Women, Report No. 04-79, December 2004
 
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  • This information brief shows that Florida’s compliance with federal regulations governing mammography facilities is higher than the national average and the percentage of Florida women age 40 and older receiving mammograms compares favorably with national rates.
  • However, utilization of mammography services among low-income women is low partly because of limitations on accessibility to services.  Factors that may be limiting access for low-income women include the cost of services and the need to identify a primary care provider.
  • The fear of medical malpractice lawsuits is causing many radiologists to limit the number of mammograms they interpret.  However, we were unable to substantiate this concern because the necessary information is either not available, invalid, or inconclusive.


    Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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