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Budget Cuts for Free Cancer Screening Clinics in New York Could Put Patients' Lives at Risk, Says New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Date:5/10/2009

Increased strain on the system will increase misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of cancers and infections, says Preston Douglas of New York Cancer Malpractice Lawyers Gurfein Douglas LLP

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 10, 2009 -- Recent budget cuts in New York State's free cancer screening program will not only cause delays in breast, colon and cervical cancer screening for thousands of New Yorkers, but according to one New York personal injury lawyer, the added money and time pressure placed on the system will likely lead to slap dash testing procedures and test results that get lost or slip through the cracks.

According to Preston Douglas, partner in the New York personal injury law firm of Gurfein Douglas LLP, the philosophy of modern medicine is all about the cost.

"Poor people can't afford Park Avenue doctors," Douglas said.  "They depend on these free clinics for their healthcare needs.  When budgets get cut more people are hurt and die.  That's the way I've seen it work in my 35 years in practice and there is no reason to expect the situation to change now despite what the Health Department would like us to believe."

Douglas said that misdiagnosis, or late diagnosis of cancers and infections are the two most common errors doctors make and, coincidentally, they are the illnesses that can result in the worst harm to patients.

 "There are practical ways to detect these illnesses," Douglas explained. "But to do it effectiv
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