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Why is there a doctor shortage in Hawaii?

It’s no secret that Hawaii has a healthcare problem.  The state is short more than 1,000 doctors, which means some patients cannot get care, and the ones who do have to wait a long time.  According to one recent survey, nearly six in 10 Hawaii residents have endured long delays

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Akina answers why petition seeks tax break for medical services

The campaign to exempt medical services from the state general excise tax took to the airwaves this past Sunday with an appearance by Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on the H. Hawaii Media radio network. Host Johnny Miro asked Akina to explain why the

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Hawaii island newspaper gives GET petition drive front-page treatment

The in-depth news article about Hawaii’s acute doctor shortage explains why the Institute is calling for a targeted tax waiver The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s petition to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax was the lead story in Sunday’s Hawaii Tribune-Herald, based in Hilo. Written by reporter Grant Phillips, the story

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Putting a human face on Hawaii’s doctor shortage

The greatest takeaway from three forums last week about Hawaii’s doctor shortage was the realization that we are dealing with an undeniable human tragedy. Sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, the forums on Maui, Oahu and Hawaii island made it clear that the state’s acute shortage of physicians —

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Petition aims to exempt medical costs from Hawaii’s general excise tax

The following is a news release issued Oct. 6, 2022, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. _____________ HONOLULU, Oct. 6, 2022 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has launched a petition urging the Hawaii Legislature to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax. The purpose is to make healthcare

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Candidates raise hopes for food and other exemptions from GET

This article was originally printed in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Aug. 19, 2022. ______________ With inflation soaring in our already-expensive state, wouldn’t it be nice to get a discount on a few of life’s necessities? That might actually happen, if some of the candidates in the current election cycle

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Should sacrifices go just one way?

We are often told that citizens have a duty to make sacrifices and cooperate if we want to make Hawaii better. It’s all part of being “in the same canoe.” But what about the government? Does the state have a responsibility to “go without,” if that would be better for

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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 →

Why is there a doctor shortage in Hawaii?

It’s no secret that Hawaii has a healthcare problem.  The state is short more than 1,000 doctors, which means some patients cannot get care, and the ones who do have to wait a long time.  According to one recent survey, nearly six in 10 Hawaii residents have endured long delays

Read More →

Akina answers why petition seeks tax break for medical services

The campaign to exempt medical services from the state general excise tax took to the airwaves this past Sunday with an appearance by Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on the H. Hawaii Media radio network. Host Johnny Miro asked Akina to explain why the

Read More →

Hawaii island newspaper gives GET petition drive front-page treatment

The in-depth news article about Hawaii’s acute doctor shortage explains why the Institute is calling for a targeted tax waiver The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s petition to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax was the lead story in Sunday’s Hawaii Tribune-Herald, based in Hilo. Written by reporter Grant Phillips, the story

Read More →

Putting a human face on Hawaii’s doctor shortage

The greatest takeaway from three forums last week about Hawaii’s doctor shortage was the realization that we are dealing with an undeniable human tragedy. Sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, the forums on Maui, Oahu and Hawaii island made it clear that the state’s acute shortage of physicians —

Read More →

Petition aims to exempt medical costs from Hawaii’s general excise tax

The following is a news release issued Oct. 6, 2022, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. _____________ HONOLULU, Oct. 6, 2022 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has launched a petition urging the Hawaii Legislature to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax. The purpose is to make healthcare

Read More →

Candidates raise hopes for food and other exemptions from GET

This article was originally printed in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Aug. 19, 2022. ______________ With inflation soaring in our already-expensive state, wouldn’t it be nice to get a discount on a few of life’s necessities? That might actually happen, if some of the candidates in the current election cycle

Read More →

Should sacrifices go just one way?

We are often told that citizens have a duty to make sacrifices and cooperate if we want to make Hawaii better. It’s all part of being “in the same canoe.” But what about the government? Does the state have a responsibility to “go without,” if that would be better for

Read More →

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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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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