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Kathleen Kozak

Health Beat: Let Curious Patients Order Their Own Labwork Steven Depolo/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Let Curious Patients Order Their Own Labwork

If someone is willing to pay for it, doesn’t it make sense that they could test what they want in their blood — without a doctor's order?
Health Beat: Hearing Aids Should Be Cheaper And Easier To Obtain Mike Krzeszak/Flickr.com

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

The devices can be shockingly expensive, but shouldn't there be some low-cost, over-the-counter alternatives like with eyeglasses?
Health Beat: Patients Should Have Access To Doctors’ Post-Visit Notes Ale Proimos/Flickr.com

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

The law requires access to medical charts, but it's time to further empower consumers by letting them read their physicians' notes.
Health Beat: What If Doctors Helped Patients Without Office Visits? rosefirerising/Flickr.com

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

Physicians generally don't get paid for assistance rendered over the phone or through email. Hawaii's biggest insurer is about to change that.
Health Beat: Errors In Medicine — Confessions Of A Flawed Doctor Ale Proimos/Flickr.com

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

Mistakes are going to happen, but the industry could do far more to make sure that physicians learn from the missteps of their colleagues.
Health Beat: Cutting Corners with Primary Care Doctors Ale Proimos/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Cutting Corners with Primary Care Doctors

Insurances companies keep changing how they pay physicians, and they don't have patients' best interests at heart.
Health Beat: Pushing Testosterone Replacement Is Like Peddling Snake Oil Screen shot from TV ad

Health Beat: Pushing Testosterone Replacement Is Like Peddling Snake Oil

Doses of the male hormone are being marketed as a cure-all for aging men, but there are often better, safer ways to get the same results.
Health Beat: America’s Assault On Women’s Reproductive Health Care Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Conservatives look to restrict both contraception and abortion. Not since Roe v. Wade have women had such an uphill battle for access to services.
Health Beat: Our Access To Medical Care Is Getting Squeezed Screenshot: EMS website

Health Beat: Our Access To Medical Care Is Getting Squeezed

American's health care has been rationed for decades. We may have gotten used to it, but it's getting worse.
Health Beat: We Doctors Simply Prescribe Too Many Pain Pills Flickr: Sharyn Morrow

Health Beat: We Doctors Simply Prescribe Too Many Pain Pills

Law enforcement and public education efforts aside, here are some common-sense things the medical community could do to lessen addiction.
Health Beat: Let’s Reconsider That ‘Public Option’ For Health Insurance Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

If Medicare were open to younger patients, the program's costs would come down, and the competition would force private insurance rates down as well.
Health Beat: Will We Ban Homegrown Pot Culture We Helped Create?

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

Medical marijuana patients were forced to grow their own for 15 years. Why should Hawaii outlaw that practice just because dispensaries are coming?