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Hawaii organ transplant facility funding approved

By Associated Press


A legislative conference committee wasted no time advancing a bill Monday that funds a kidney and liver transplant facility in Hawaii.

The state hasn't had a Medicare and Medicaid Services-certified organ transplant center since December, when Hawaii Medical Center closed its two Oahu Hospitals.
The legislature estimates more than 400 patients in Hawaii are on national organ transplant waiting lists and now have to register on waiting lists at mainland transplant centers.
House Bill 608 was introduced in 2011, but stalled in conference committee. That committee reconvened after Gov. Neil Abercrombie requested the bill be passed promptly as an emergency appropriation.
The full House and Senate will vote on the bill, which would give $1.5 million to the Queen's Medical Center and $300,000 to the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
If this is viable, why doesn't Queens just take a loan or raise some investment capital? Why go to the public trough again?
on January 23,2012 | 05:39PM
Changalang wrote:
Why don't you grow your own kidney when you need one and put it in yourself? Organ transplant is a money loser to operate. It is now a medical expectation in Western civilization that organ donation be efficient. How does it help Hawaii if our organs go to the mainland and our people die here on a wait list? This is the noblest act to come out of the Legislature since Hawaii passed the other first bill out last year with the civil union bill. Hawaii is compassion. Hawaii is Aloha. The Legislature represents its people well. You represent yourself very poorly.
on January 23,2012 | 05:49PM
connie wrote:
Thank you Sen. Green and Rep. Yamane and members of the conference committee Sens. Chun-Oakland, Slom, and Reps. Mor,ikawa, Woolsey, jordan, Ching, and Mizuno. I am on the transplant list and sincerely thank you.
on January 23,2012 | 07:54PM
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