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Bipartisan effort to repair Obamacare is only answer


Updated on  August 4, 2017 at 10:34 pm
Repealing Obamacare is not the answer. Placing it under siege is even worse. Efforts to forge a bipartisan solution to improve and refine this legislation, which is already insuring so many more Americans, is the only reasonable course of action. Read More

Mindfulness meditation offers low-cost way to boost health


Updated on  June 30, 2017 at 10:22 pm
Mindfulness exercises assisted patients in better understanding their pain and to separate the actual pain from fear, uncertainty and old memories. It also helped participants make better lifestyle choices and assess appropriate activity levels, food intake and how much medication they actually needed. Read More

Drug companies face more lawsuits over opiate epidemic


Updated on  June 2, 2017 at 10:13 pm
The pharmaceutical industry is facing an onslaught of legal action by state, city and county governments on the mainland in response to the opiate epidemic. Read More

Advice on living healthy fills a day at book and music fest

How can we best overcome the myriad obstacles to achieving sustainable health through balance, ranging from the stress encountered in our workaday lives to unproductive lifestyle patterns to poor relationship choices? Read More

Hawaii remains committed to fight for good health care


Updated on  March 31, 2017 at 8:48 pm
Although far from perfect, for now, Hawaii remains among the best states for quality and access to health care, but these are uncertain times. Read More

Society shouldn’t be eager to hurry the finality of death


Updated on  March 3, 2017 at 8:08 pm
To be sure, we must be more measured in choosing interventional care if there is little chance for quality of life and more prepared to withdraw care that extends life artificially, but we should never pass a law that condones actively facilitating death by any means. Read More

Investment in Cancer Center will benefit health, economy


Updated on  February 4, 2017 at 12:52 am
With continuing support from the state Legislature and the National Cancer Institute, the University of Hawaii Cancer Center will reach its full potential as a world-class institution at the forefront of groundbreaking cancer research, prevention and clinical treatment. Read More
 
 

Health care advances raise big fiscal, ethical questions

Given the current trajectory of pharmaceutical and biotechnical developments in the treatment of cancer, inherited diseases and infection, modern health care is on the precipice of unprecedented transformation. Read More
Updated on  September 3, 2016 at 1:08 am

Accepting death as natural would alleviate fear, stress

Society continues to have difficulty accepting death as a natural part of life. We go on hoping it won’t happen to us, at least for now, and when death raises its head, we look the other way. The result is fear, confusion, denial, poor decision-making and an unskillful use of resources. Read More
Updated on  June 3, 2016 at 9:41 pm

Time will tell whether health insurer’s new model succeeds

Hawaii Medical Service Association is on the verge of making a historic change in how it reimburses primary care medical providers. Until now the largest private payer in the state has reimbursed physicians on a fee-for-service basis. Under its Payment Transformation Pilot, HMSA will instead pay selected providers a fixed dollar amount for each member in their practice each month. HMSA believes that this will benefit patients, providers and the insurer because it will improve clinical outcomes and contain costs. Will it work? That remains to be seen. Read More

Addressing homelessness is a worthwhile investment

About 3.6 percent of the Medicaid population in Hawaii uses 61 percent of the Medicaid budget annually. That’s right, 14,000 people — including those covered under Quest and AlohaCare — utilize $1.2 billion of Hawaii’s Medi­caid. Read More
Updated on  March 11, 2016 at 8:33 pm

Health care would benefit from Big Pharma reform

Twenty million more Americans now have health insurance since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law six years ago. This brings the portion of those who are uninsured down to 11.5 percent of the population. Read More
Updated on  March 4, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Isle groups answering call to restore food sovereignty

Hawaii imports roughly 90 percent of the food it consumes and exports as much as 80 percent of what is grown here. Particularly, in view of climate change and the persistent El Nino, this leaves the health of island residents vulnerable to uncontrollable hiccups in container transport. Read More

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