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Kathleen Kozak

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.

Health Beat: What America Looks Like Without Obamacare Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: What America Looks Like Without Obamacare

It’s hard to find winners if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, but there would be no shortage of losers.

Health Beat: Drug Ads Reveal Side Effects, So Why Don’t Doctors? Flickr.com/libertygrace0

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

The medical community generally does a poor job of discussing the benefits and risks of some of our tests and treatments.

Health Beat: Drowsy Driving Can Be As Dangerous As Drunken Driving Getty Images/iStockphoto

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

Hawaii is second only to Texas in terms of the rate of driving while drowsy.
Health Beat: Most Of My Colleagues Will Just Say No To Medical Pot Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

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

Medical marijuana dispensaries are about to open in Hawaii, but many doctors may be unwilling to help their patients get it.
Health Beat: Insurance Coverage For Infertility Treatment Falls Short Ashley Webb/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Insurance Coverage For Infertility Treatment Falls Short

The coverage never ends for many chronic conditions, but companies severely limit what they'll do to help people have a child.
Health Beat: Why Pharmaceutical Price Gouging Costs All Of Us M/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Why Pharmaceutical Price Gouging Costs All Of Us

If you don’t use an EpiPen, why should you care that it suddenly costs a lot more? Well, there's your taxes, for one thing.
Health Beat: Relax, Prescription Coverage Changes Are No Big Deal Flickr: Sharyn Morrow

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

Having to switch drugs is a pain, but the alternative should be just as effective and the system keeps costs down.