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Kathleen Kozak

Kathleen Kozak, M.D., is an internal medicine physician at Straub Clinic and Hospital. She is also the host of The Body Show on Hawaii Public Radio.
Health Beat: Maybe I Should Look At My Patient Instead Of My Keyboard Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Maybe I Should Look At My Patient Instead Of My Keyboard

During a doctor’s visit, the inputting of digital information can seem nonstop. A good face-to-face conversation might suffice.

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Health Beat: The Tricks Drugmakers Use To Keep Prices High

Transferring a soon-to-expire pharmaceutical patent to an Indian tribe is only the latest strategy used to thwart development of cheaper generic drugs.

Health Beat: Make Access Easier To Life-Saving Drug For Addicts Mark Oniffrey/Wikimedia

Health Beat: Make Access Easier To Life-Saving Drug For Addicts

Several countries provide naloxone, administered to those who overdose, to opiate users and their families. Hawaii should follow suit.

Health Beat: Opioid Addiction Less Likely If We Start With Smaller Doses Be.Futureproof/Flickr

Health Beat: Opioid Addiction Less Likely If We Start With Smaller Doses

The FDA is looking at lowering the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, and the same approach could be used for painkillers.

Health Beat: I Have No Idea How Much Medical Services Cost — But You Should Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: I Have No Idea How Much Medical Services Cost — But You Should

Whether Obamacare survives or a GOP health care bill replaces it, the out-of-control cost of services is not sustainable.

Health Beat: The Makers Of Opioids Should Pay For The Crisis They’ve Created Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: The Makers Of Opioids Should Pay For The Crisis They’ve Created

We’ve made the tobacco industry pay for the damage it has caused, but what about the cost of the latest health crisis?

Health Beat: If You Must Cut Medicaid, Protect The Most Vulnerable Vinoth Chandar/Flickr.com

Health Beat: If You Must Cut Medicaid, Protect The Most Vulnerable

Republicans pushing to replace Obamacare might go easier on some Medicaid recipients if they could be separated from the rest.

Health Beat: Why We All Need To Help Solve The Doctor Shortage Getty Images/iStockphoto

Health Beat: Why We All Need To Help Solve The Doctor Shortage

Having access to a primary care provider is good for your health, but it’s no sure thing. We need to get creative to attract more physicians.

Health Beat: Why This Bill Won’t Kill The Pain Of Opioid Addiction Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Why This Bill Won’t Kill The Pain Of Opioid Addiction

Restricting doctors from doing their job by creating an administrative hassle won’t work for most physicians I know.

Health Beat: These Canadians Like Their Single-Payer Health System Kristin Rollins/Flickr.com

Health Beat: These Canadians Like Their Single-Payer Health System

The waiting time for appointments may be longer, but the government-run system comes through in emergencies.

Health Beat: A Possible Solution For Hawaii’s Overcrowded ERs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: A Possible Solution For Hawaii’s Overcrowded ERs

The Legislature is balking for now, but training paramedics to make house calls might be the way to go.

Health Beat: Why We All Need Health Savings Accounts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Why We All Need Health Savings Accounts

The Hawaii Legislature wants to make the accounts available to those who buy catastrophic insurance coverage. Why not expand them?