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Health policy expert Dr. Jeffrey Singer of Arizona was the guest on the Jan. 20 edition of “Hawaii Together,” the bi-weekly program on ThinkTech Hawaii hosted by Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

In an episode titled “Making Prescriptions More Available,” the pair talked about how drug prescription laws have reduced the supply of needed medicines, limited consumer choices and driven up drug prices. 

Singer is a graduate of Brooklyn College and New York Medical College, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a senior fellow and health policy expert at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.  He also is a principal and founder of Valley Surgical Clinics, the largest and oldest group private surgical practice in Arizona; and has been in private practice as a general surgeon for more than 35 years. Other credits include being a visiting fellow at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix and scientific advisor of the American Council on Science and Health. Singer writes and speaks extensively on regional and national public policy, with a specific focus on the areas of health care policy and the harmful effects of drug prohibition. 

His latest Cato Institute policy commentary, “Policymakers Obsess Over Pain Prescribing and Ignore the Giant Elephant in the Room: Prohibition,” was published the same day as his interview on “Hawaii Together.”

Please enjoy this engaging and highly informative conversation between Akina and Singer.