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Kathleen Kozak

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: 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?

Health Beat: WalletHub Is Wrong — Doctors Have It Good In Hawaii Ale Proimos/Flickr.com

Health Beat: WalletHub Is Wrong — Doctors Have It Good In Hawaii

A recent study made a lot of mistakes when it ranked the Aloha State as one of the worst places to practice medicine.

Health Beat: Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Cost Us Dearly Charlotte Cooper/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Cost Us Dearly

The political will to defund Planned Parenthood is shortsighted at best.

Health Beat: How To Cut The High Cost Of Medicine Flickr: Sharyn Morrow

Health Beat: How To Cut The High Cost Of Medicine

Amid the furor over repealing and replacing Obamacare, why is no one talking about the ridiculous prices of prescriptions?

Health Beat: Medicare Vouchers Imperil The Most Vulnerable Flickr.com

Health Beat: Medicare Vouchers Imperil The Most Vulnerable

Ironically, Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act but convert to what is in essence Obamacare for the elderly.

Health Beat: Remember When You Couldn’t Buy Insurance If You Were Sick? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Remember When You Couldn’t Buy Insurance If You Were Sick?

If insurance companies regain the power to disqualify you because of a pre-existing condition, would you be able to buy a policy?

Health Beat: Trump’s Medicaid Block Grants Might Just Block Care Courtesy: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Health Beat: Trump’s Medicaid Block Grants Might Just Block Care

The new president is floating two proposals that would significantly reduce federal funding to care for the nation’s most vulnerable people.

Health Beat: Licensing Doctors Nationally Makes A Lot Of Sense Huffington Post

Health Beat: Licensing Doctors Nationally Makes A Lot Of Sense

State-by-state certification thwarts telemedicine and exacerbates physician shortages in Hawaii and other remote areas.

Health Beat: 2017 Should Be The Year For A Death With Dignity Law Flickr.com

Health Beat: 2017 Should Be The Year For A Death With Dignity Law

Listen up legislators: It’s time to quit forcing unnecessary suffering and expense on terminally ill people who want a different option.

Health Beat: Why Do We Insist On Complicating Workers’ Comp? Ale Proimos/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Why Do We Insist On Complicating Workers’ Comp?

When people get hurt at work, they should be able to go see their regular doctor rather than getting shuttled into a bureaucratic labyrinth.

Health Beat: From Obamacare To Medicare, Changes Are Coming Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: From Obamacare To Medicare, Changes Are Coming

For a possible preview of the effects on Hawaii, look at plans already proposed by the House speaker and a Trump Cabinet nominee.

Health Beat: Nice Doctors Aren’t Necessarily Better Doctors Ale Proimos/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Nice Doctors Aren’t Necessarily Better Doctors

Office visits may be more pleasant, but that’s the extent of the good news in a Journal of the American Medical Association report.