New Health Ordinance to Increase Access to Breast Cancer Care

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - HealthA new ordinance has been introduced by the City Council on Wednesday that will increase access to breast cancer screenings, diagnostic services and continuity of care for women utilizing the City’s primary care services across Chicago. This ordinance will allow the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to enter into separate contracts for each of its five primary care facilities with up to five hospitals, expanding the pool of hospitals that would be able to provide both breast and cervical cancer readings and follow up care for patients. These changes allow more prompt follow-up, making it easier to schedule and meet appointments, and in certain cases reduce travel time for patients. The CDPH currently provides approximately 5,000 mammograms each year across five City-owned primary care clinics.

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