Columnist

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.

November 2017

Wednesday, November 15

Health Beat: Old People Deserve To Have Choices Too

Tuesday, November 7

Health Beat: Artificial Intelligence Won’t Replace Doctoring, But Might Improve It

October 2017

Wednesday, October 25

Health Beat: Embracing Advances In Medical Testing

Thursday, October 5

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

September 2017

Friday, September 22

Health Beat: The Tricks Drugmakers Use To Keep Prices High

August 2017

Tuesday, August 29

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

Monday, August 14

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

Wednesday, August 2

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

July 2017

Thursday, July 13

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

June 2017

Thursday, June 29

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

Wednesday, June 21

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

May 2017

Wednesday, May 31

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

Friday, May 19

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

Wednesday, May 10

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

April 2017

Friday, April 21

Health Beat: Why We All Need Health Savings Accounts

Friday, April 7

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

March 2017

Wednesday, March 29

Health Beat: Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Cost Us Dearly

Tuesday, March 21

Health Beat: How To Cut The High Cost Of Medicine

Wednesday, March 1

Health Beat: Medicare Vouchers Imperil The Most Vulnerable

February 2017

Wednesday, February 15

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

Thursday, February 2

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

January 2017

Friday, January 20

Health Beat: Licensing Doctors Nationally Makes A Lot Of Sense

December 2016

Thursday, December 29

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

Wednesday, December 21

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

Wednesday, December 14

Health Beat: From Obamacare To Medicare, Changes Are Coming

November 2016

Thursday, November 17

Health Beat: Nice Doctors Aren’t Necessarily Better Doctors

Monday, November 14

Health Beat: What America Looks Like Without Obamacare

Friday, November 4

Health Beat: Drug Ads Reveal Side Effects, So Why Don’t Doctors?

October 2016

Thursday, October 6

Health Beat: Drowsy Driving Can Be As Dangerous As Drunken Driving

September 2016

Monday, September 26

Health Beat: Most Of My Colleagues Will Just Say No To Medical Pot

Wednesday, September 7

Health Beat: Insurance Coverage For Infertility Treatment Falls Short

August 2016

Wednesday, August 31

Health Beat: Why Pharmaceutical Price Gouging Costs All Of Us

Friday, August 26

Health Beat: Relax, Prescription Coverage Changes Are No Big Deal

Monday, August 1

Health Beat: Dying To Cross The Street In Honolulu

July 2016

Wednesday, July 27

Health Beat: Government-Run Insurance Could Save Us Money

Tuesday, July 12

Health Beat: I’m Helping Create A Superbug And It Could Be A Disaster

June 2016

Wednesday, June 29

Health Beat: Let Curious Patients Order Their Own Labwork

Thursday, June 16

Health Beat: Hearing Aids Should Be Cheaper And Easier To Obtain

Wednesday, June 1

Health Beat: Patients Should Have Access To Doctors’ Post-Visit Notes

May 2016

Wednesday, May 25

Health Beat: What If Doctors Helped Patients Without Office Visits?

Tuesday, May 10

Health Beat: Errors In Medicine — Confessions Of A Flawed Doctor

April 2016

Thursday, April 14

Health Beat: Cutting Corners with Primary Care Doctors

Wednesday, April 6

Health Beat: Pushing Testosterone Replacement Is Like Peddling Snake Oil

March 2016

Wednesday, March 30

Health Beat: America’s Assault On Women’s Reproductive Health Care

Wednesday, March 23

Health Beat: Our Access To Medical Care Is Getting Squeezed

Monday, March 14

Health Beat: We Doctors Simply Prescribe Too Many Pain Pills

February 2016

Thursday, February 25

Health Beat: Let’s Reconsider That ‘Public Option’ For Health Insurance

Wednesday, February 17

Health Beat: Will We Ban Homegrown Pot Culture We Helped Create?

Thursday, February 11

Health Beat: Prudishness Doesn’t Justify Opposing HPV Vaccinations

Monday, February 8

Health Beat: Helping Medicare Patients Without Driving Off Doctors

January 2016

Wednesday, January 13

Health Beat: California Latest To Pass Right-To-Die Law — Why Not Hawaii?

December 2015

Tuesday, December 29

Health Beat: Will Hawaii Help Pay For Long-Term Health Care?

Wednesday, December 16

Health Beat: Well-Intentioned CARE Act Actually Lowers Standard Of Care

Tuesday, December 1

Health Beat: Not All Dementia Is Alzheimer’s

November 2015

Tuesday, November 24

Health Beat: Integrative Medicine Blends Eastern, Western Techniques

October 2015

Monday, October 26

Health Beat: Don’t Let Anyone Sell You Medical Tests You Don’t Really Need

Friday, October 9

Health Beat: It’s Time to Start Screening for Mental Illness

September 2015

Wednesday, September 30

Why Americans — and Especially Seniors — Pay More for Medicine

Wednesday, September 16

Health Beat: The Case For Paid Sick Leave in Hawaii

Tuesday, September 8

Health Beat: Time for New Approach to Fast-Rising Heroin Addiction

August 2015

Wednesday, August 26

Health Beat: Time for Public Campaign About the Dangers of Pain Pills

Monday, August 17

Health Beat: What If Planned Parenthood Didn’t Exist?

Wednesday, August 12

Health Beat: Should We Ask About Depression If We Can’t Treat It?

July 2015

Tuesday, July 28

Health Beat: What If Medicare Wasn’t There?

Tuesday, July 21

Health Beat: Hawaii Fails the Elderly When It Cuts Long-Term Care Services

Monday, July 13

Health Beat: The Care Act of 2015 Marks the Return of ‘Death Panels’

Tuesday, July 7

Health Beat: Doctors Angle to Make Extra Money From Elite Access

June 2015

Monday, June 22

Health Beat: Americans Can Become More Productive by Working Less

May 2015

Tuesday, May 26

Health Beat: When Nature Calls While You’re Swimming

Wednesday, May 20

Health Beat: The Single-Payer System – Maybe it’s Time for Another Look

Wednesday, May 13

Health Beat: When a Couple Splits Up, Who Owns the Embryos?

Monday, May 4

Health Beat: Here’s One Doctor Who Isn’t Sold on Raising Legal Smoking Age to 21

April 2015

Tuesday, April 21

Health Beat: Better Things to Do Than Regulating Homeopathy

Wednesday, April 15

Health Beat: Protect Pilot Privacy or the Lives of Innocents?

Tuesday, April 7

Health Beat: A New Prescription for Better Mental Health Care

March 2015

Thursday, March 26

Health Beat: Why Do We Still Need a Prescription for Birth Control Pills?

Tuesday, March 17

Health Beat: The Genetic Crystal Ball – Would You Want To Know?

Wednesday, March 4

Health Beat: Hawaii’s Nursing Homes — When the Best Is Far From Enough

February 2015

Monday, February 23

Health Beat: Is Your Hospital Making You Sicker?

Monday, February 9

Health Beat: Want to Know What Is Sickening About the Measles Outbreak?

January 2015

Friday, January 30

Health Beat: The Remedy for Hawaii’s Doctor Shortage

Friday, January 16

Health Beat: Matters of the Heart Versus Our Cancer Fears

Monday, January 12

Health Beat: Why Does A Hawaii Nurse Risk His Life for Ebola Victims?

Monday, January 5

Health Beat: What Might Really Help People in Hawaii Lose Weight

December 2014

Monday, December 22

Health Beat: Bad Data Tells Us Hawaii Is Very Healthy

Monday, December 15

Health Beat: Are E-cigs Creating the Next Generation of Smokers?

Friday, December 5

Health Beat: Tough Call on Taking Statins to Prevent Heart Disease

November 2014

Wednesday, November 26

Health Beat: Why is Medical Marijuana Legal Only for Green Thumbs?

Monday, November 24

Health Beat: We Should Bring Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act to the Islands

Monday, November 10

Health Beat: What if the GOP Turns Back Time on Obamacare?

October 2014

Friday, October 31

Health Beat: With Return of Measles, We Need New Restrictions on World Travelers

Friday, October 24

Health Beat: Why a Travel Ban Makes Sense

Friday, October 17

Health Beat: The $1,000 Pill That Will Bankrupt Us All

Friday, October 10

Health Beat: Should Your Boss Be Able to Make You Get a Flu Shot?

Friday, October 3

Health Beat: How Did We Handle Hawaii’s Ebola Scare?

September 2014

Tuesday, September 2

Health Beat: Robin Williams and Parkinson’s Disease in Hawaii

August 2014

Monday, August 25

Health Beat: The Pain Driving the Ice Bucket Challenge

Monday, August 18

Health Beat: Unfortunately, No Alzheimer’s Miracle is in Sight

Friday, August 8

Health Beat: Could the Ebola Virus Hit Hawaii?

Monday, August 4

Health Beat: Innoculations Don’t Cause Autism so Let’s Move On

July 2014

Monday, July 28

Health Beat: Carefully Consider a Gluten-Free Diet

Monday, July 21

Health Beat: The World Cup and Our Not-so-Hard-Headed Soccer Players

Monday, July 14

Health Beat: Did the Supreme Court Invite Your Boss Into My Office?

Monday, July 7

Health Beat: People Are Targeting Hawaii’s Vulnerable Kupuna

June 2014

Monday, June 30

Health Beat: The Wizardry of Dr. Oz’s Weight-Loss ‘Miracles’

Monday, June 23

Health Beat: Hawaii Could Save Hundreds of Overdose Victims’ Lives

Monday, June 16

Health Beat: The Psychology of a School Shooter

Friday, June 6

Health Beat: Learning From a Sitcom Actress’ Deadly Fall

Monday, June 2

Kathleen Kozak: Post-Shinseki, the Big VA Care Problem Remains