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How to increase Hawaii’s healthcare capacity

Hawaii’s healthcare crisis is dire. How dire? Keli‘i Akina, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii president, says the state has a critical shortage of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, the fewest hospital beds per capita in the U.S., and the 10th longest emergency room wait lines. In addition, the state’s hospitals and long-term

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Exempt food, medicine, medical care from GET

This commentary was originally published originally in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Aug. 3, 2022. _____________ Candidates for political office in Hawaii have suddenly started talking about a policy option that has been kicking around for years: Exempt food and medicine from the state general excise tax (GET). The reasoning is that such an exemption

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Testimony on HB1575 HD2: Yes, give physician assistants more latitude

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 14, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Health. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Health       Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Chair       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony on HB2026: Yes to liberalizing EMS personnel licensure

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 9, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs and the Senate Committee on Health. _____________ To: Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs       Senator Clarence

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Testimony on HB1919: Yes to GET exemptions

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 4, 2022, by the House Committee on Economic Development. ______________ To: House Committee on Economic Development       Rep. Sean Quinlan, Chair       Rep. Daniel Holt, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii          

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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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How to increase Hawaii’s healthcare capacity

Hawaii’s healthcare crisis is dire. How dire? Keli‘i Akina, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii president, says the state has a critical shortage of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, the fewest hospital beds per capita in the U.S., and the 10th longest emergency room wait lines. In addition, the state’s hospitals and long-term

Read More →

Exempt food, medicine, medical care from GET

This commentary was originally published originally in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Aug. 3, 2022. _____________ Candidates for political office in Hawaii have suddenly started talking about a policy option that has been kicking around for years: Exempt food and medicine from the state general excise tax (GET). The reasoning is that such an exemption

Read More →

Testimony on HB1575 HD2: Yes, give physician assistants more latitude

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 14, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Health. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Health       Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Chair       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony on HB2026: Yes to liberalizing EMS personnel licensure

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 9, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs and the Senate Committee on Health. _____________ To: Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs       Senator Clarence

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Testimony on HB1919: Yes to GET exemptions

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 4, 2022, by the House Committee on Economic Development. ______________ To: House Committee on Economic Development       Rep. Sean Quinlan, Chair       Rep. Daniel Holt, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii          

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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

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