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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

Brazil’s slums are fertile ground for spread of Zika

Earlier this week I returned from Brazil, a nation in crisis over the Zika virus epidemic. This public health calamity creates a perfect storm when combined with the economic and sociopolitical woes now facing South America’s largest country. The lack of fiscal resources and waning confidence in the current government present dire constraints in managing the current epidemic. Read More
Updated on  February 12, 2016 at 9:48 pm

Modern nations must value first peoples above earnings

When Hokule‘a first sailed to Tahiti in 1976 using only noninstrument navigation, it became a major catalyst not only for the Hawaiian cultural renaissance, but also for a broader awakening among indigenous peoples throughout Polynesia. Hokule‘a continues this legacy, touching many during its around-the-world voyage. Read More
Updated on  January 29, 2016 at 11:24 pm