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How to create a more robust healthcare system on Maui

Healthcare in Hawaii is beset with problems, and the situation is especially acute on Maui. But there are reforms that could improve the situation, according to Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii In a Jan. 12, 2022, presentation to the West Maui Taxpayers Association, Akina

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Bold change needed to fix Hawaii healthcare

Photo by Charley Myers Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were warned that lack of healthcare capacity in our state was a deepening problem. The last two years have revealed that things are even worse than we thought. As I discussed in my Wall Street Journal commentary published last weekend

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Healthcare bottom line: ‘We have a shortage of all those things’

“Hawaii has done a great job at getting everybody health insurance, but having health insurance does not equate to having access to healthcare.” That was one of the observations expressed by Lisa Rantz, executive director of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, during the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Akina writes in Wall Street Journal about ways to fix Hawaii healthcare

The following is a “Reader Alert” that was sent to everyone on the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s email list on Dec. 7 2021. _____________ HONOLULU, Dec. 7, 2021 >> Readers of The Wall Street Journal were provided a diagnosis over the weekend about what has been ailing Hawaii’s healthcare system. Keli’i Akina, president

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Here’s how to improve healthcare in Hawaii

When people talk about healthcare regulation, it tends to come off as a little dry and abstract. Medical “certificate of need” laws, for example, would seem to have little relevance to the average Hawaii resident. Unfortunately, these laws affect us in very real, and sometimes critical, ways, so it’s important that

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Webinar highlights need to get rid of medical ‘certificate of need’ laws

Three experts explained Monday how CON laws have throttled Hawaii’s ability to cope with its healthcare needs Hawaii anachronistic medical “certificate of need” laws have percolated to the top of local discussion in recent months, especially as more people have realized their connection to Hawaii’s lack of healthcare capacity in the wake of

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The real enemy of aloha is uncertainty

As Hawaii’s coronavirus predicament drags on, the real enemy of aloha has become uncertainty. It is at the root of our economic woes, policy disagreements and growing cultural divides. Why are some businesses treated differently than others? When will we be able to return to normal? Are any of these restrictions

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What we ‘need’ is to fix Hawaii’s healthcare laws

Throughout Hawaii’s declared public health emergency over the past 18 months, many of the rules and orders issued have been less about the disease in question and more about reducing stress on our state’s public health services. But if the surge in COVID-19 cases is overwhelming our healthcare capacity, shouldn’t we

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COVID mandates lead to crisis of aloha

With the rising counts of coronavirus cases and the overcrowding of our hospital facilities, Hawaii is facing a serious crisis. But I’m not talking about the coronavirus. While that crisis is real, I’m talking about the crisis of aloha. All around us, we can see the way that COVID-19 and

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Imagine there’s no doctors; it’s easy if you tax

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Over the past year during the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen just how important

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How to create a more robust healthcare system on Maui

Healthcare in Hawaii is beset with problems, and the situation is especially acute on Maui. But there are reforms that could improve the situation, according to Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii In a Jan. 12, 2022, presentation to the West Maui Taxpayers Association, Akina

Read More →

Bold change needed to fix Hawaii healthcare

Photo by Charley Myers Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were warned that lack of healthcare capacity in our state was a deepening problem. The last two years have revealed that things are even worse than we thought. As I discussed in my Wall Street Journal commentary published last weekend

Read More →

Healthcare bottom line: ‘We have a shortage of all those things’

“Hawaii has done a great job at getting everybody health insurance, but having health insurance does not equate to having access to healthcare.” That was one of the observations expressed by Lisa Rantz, executive director of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, during the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Read More →

Akina writes in Wall Street Journal about ways to fix Hawaii healthcare

The following is a “Reader Alert” that was sent to everyone on the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s email list on Dec. 7 2021. _____________ HONOLULU, Dec. 7, 2021 >> Readers of The Wall Street Journal were provided a diagnosis over the weekend about what has been ailing Hawaii’s healthcare system. Keli’i Akina, president

Read More →

Here’s how to improve healthcare in Hawaii

When people talk about healthcare regulation, it tends to come off as a little dry and abstract. Medical “certificate of need” laws, for example, would seem to have little relevance to the average Hawaii resident. Unfortunately, these laws affect us in very real, and sometimes critical, ways, so it’s important that

Read More →

Webinar highlights need to get rid of medical ‘certificate of need’ laws

Three experts explained Monday how CON laws have throttled Hawaii’s ability to cope with its healthcare needs Hawaii anachronistic medical “certificate of need” laws have percolated to the top of local discussion in recent months, especially as more people have realized their connection to Hawaii’s lack of healthcare capacity in the wake of

Read More →

The real enemy of aloha is uncertainty

As Hawaii’s coronavirus predicament drags on, the real enemy of aloha has become uncertainty. It is at the root of our economic woes, policy disagreements and growing cultural divides. Why are some businesses treated differently than others? When will we be able to return to normal? Are any of these restrictions

Read More →

What we ‘need’ is to fix Hawaii’s healthcare laws

Throughout Hawaii’s declared public health emergency over the past 18 months, many of the rules and orders issued have been less about the disease in question and more about reducing stress on our state’s public health services. But if the surge in COVID-19 cases is overwhelming our healthcare capacity, shouldn’t we

Read More →

COVID mandates lead to crisis of aloha

With the rising counts of coronavirus cases and the overcrowding of our hospital facilities, Hawaii is facing a serious crisis. But I’m not talking about the coronavirus. While that crisis is real, I’m talking about the crisis of aloha. All around us, we can see the way that COVID-19 and

Read More →

Imagine there’s no doctors; it’s easy if you tax

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Over the past year during the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen just how important

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