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Kathleen Kozak

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?

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.