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Health Care

High medical costs another threat to Hawaii taxpayers

It is common knowledge that medical costs have been skyrocketing for years, regardless of all attempts to reform our nation’s medical system. What many people in Hawaii don’t realize, however, is that higher medical costs increase our state’s debt — and Hawaii taxpayers might be the ones who end up

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Overcharged for health care

“There’s no real story here for why we should think that giving the government control of the health care economy would lead to a cost reduction. Cost reductions benefit consumers who are very widely distributed and disorganized, whereas the producers of health care are very concentrated, powerful industries that are

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Maui hospitals point the way

After years of hemorrhaging millions of Hawaii taxpayer dollars, the three state-run hospitals in Maui County have been turned over to a public-private partnership that now is improving the quality of the medical services at those facilities while reducing their financial burden on the public. Maui Health System, an affiliate

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‘Certificate of need’ … Really?

No politicians would want to get caught saying they supported limiting the number of hospitals, dialysis facilities or MRI machines for rural areas. And yet, that’s exactly what dozens of states legislatures have done through the passage of so-called certificate-of-need laws. READ MORE:

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Hawaii doesn’t need ‘certificate of need’ laws

by Denis Mannschatz It might not be hard to get admitted to a hospital emergency room in Hawaii, but getting treated in one within a reasonable amount of time — with your life possibly hanging in the balance — is another matter. A 2017 report by The Wall Street Journal

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Making health care a nightmare

By Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. With politicians debating the future of the federal Affordable Care Act, it may be helpful to take a step back and consider the role of government in health care generally. We’ve become accustomed to hearing about the benefits of heavy government involvement in health care on

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How to fix health care

Hawaii’s health care system is in bad shape, and the way to make it better is to foster greater competition among doctors, hospitals, drug companies and insurance companies, by simplifying the regulatory environment in which they operate. That’s according to former Hawaii physician Dr. Kyle Varner, who spoke recently at

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Tax Casualty? Maui Memorial Hospital

This week our series of tax news returns to Maui, where we have an update on the efforts to help with Maui Memorial Hospital workers and other employees of our state health system. As we have written before, our state-run hospitals in Maui County, including Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula

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Obamacare Heavy

One of the ideas now working its way through our legislative system addresses the fate of Obamacare in Hawaii.  Many are concerned that our federal government will be changing the federal Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as Obamacare.  They would like Hawaii to keep it even if the Feds don’t. 

Read More →

High medical costs another threat to Hawaii taxpayers

It is common knowledge that medical costs have been skyrocketing for years, regardless of all attempts to reform our nation’s medical system. What many people in Hawaii don’t realize, however, is that higher medical costs increase our state’s debt — and Hawaii taxpayers might be the ones who end up

Read More →

Overcharged for health care

“There’s no real story here for why we should think that giving the government control of the health care economy would lead to a cost reduction. Cost reductions benefit consumers who are very widely distributed and disorganized, whereas the producers of health care are very concentrated, powerful industries that are

Read More →

Maui hospitals point the way

After years of hemorrhaging millions of Hawaii taxpayer dollars, the three state-run hospitals in Maui County have been turned over to a public-private partnership that now is improving the quality of the medical services at those facilities while reducing their financial burden on the public. Maui Health System, an affiliate

Read More →

‘Certificate of need’ … Really?

No politicians would want to get caught saying they supported limiting the number of hospitals, dialysis facilities or MRI machines for rural areas. And yet, that’s exactly what dozens of states legislatures have done through the passage of so-called certificate-of-need laws. READ MORE:

Read More →

Hawaii doesn’t need ‘certificate of need’ laws

by Denis Mannschatz It might not be hard to get admitted to a hospital emergency room in Hawaii, but getting treated in one within a reasonable amount of time — with your life possibly hanging in the balance — is another matter. A 2017 report by The Wall Street Journal

Read More →

Making health care a nightmare

By Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. With politicians debating the future of the federal Affordable Care Act, it may be helpful to take a step back and consider the role of government in health care generally. We’ve become accustomed to hearing about the benefits of heavy government involvement in health care on

Read More →

How to fix health care

Hawaii’s health care system is in bad shape, and the way to make it better is to foster greater competition among doctors, hospitals, drug companies and insurance companies, by simplifying the regulatory environment in which they operate. That’s according to former Hawaii physician Dr. Kyle Varner, who spoke recently at

Read More →

Tax Casualty? Maui Memorial Hospital

This week our series of tax news returns to Maui, where we have an update on the efforts to help with Maui Memorial Hospital workers and other employees of our state health system. As we have written before, our state-run hospitals in Maui County, including Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula

Read More →

Obamacare Heavy

One of the ideas now working its way through our legislative system addresses the fate of Obamacare in Hawaii.  Many are concerned that our federal government will be changing the federal Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as Obamacare.  They would like Hawaii to keep it even if the Feds don’t. 

Read More →