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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: Regulate Food Supplements, And Send The Bill To The Companies Assemblies Unlimited/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Regulate Food Supplements, And Send The Bill To The Companies

Its a multibillion-dollar industry, but do all those products do what they claim? Consumers have no way of knowing.

Health Beat: There’s Something To Be Said For That Drugstore Pharmacist Flicker.com

Health Beat: There’s Something To Be Said For That Drugstore Pharmacist

When you get your medicine by mail order, you lose the chance to have a convenient consultation about what you’re taking.

Health Beat: I Have No Idea How Much Your Hospital Stay Will Cost Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: I Have No Idea How Much Your Hospital Stay Will Cost

New federal rules require medical facilities to post spreadsheets itemizing their charges. Computers can read them, but people can’t.

Health Beat: I Have To Be Ready For Patients Who Think They’re Ready To Die Vinoth Chandar/Flickr.com

Health Beat: I Have To Be Ready For Patients Who Think They’re Ready To Die

Medical aid in dying is only an option for those with six months or less to live, but even still-healthy people may want to know how the new law could apply to them.

Health Beat: It’s Safe To Take Your Pills, But Those Medical Devices Might Kill You Jeff Kubina/Flickr.com

Health Beat: It’s Safe To Take Your Pills, But Those Medical Devices Might Kill You

The U.S. takes forever to approve drugs before they can be sold to the public, but no such caution is taken with new devices.

Health Beat: When Your Boss Gets To Decide Where You’ll Have Surgery Flickr.com/libertygrace0

Health Beat: When Your Boss Gets To Decide Where You’ll Have Surgery

Big companies are self-insuring themselves and taking other steps to control medical costs. Is this a return to plantation days?

Health Beat: ERs And Urgent Care Clinics Should Be Side By Side Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: ERs And Urgent Care Clinics Should Be Side By Side

Hospitals and patients would save money if the two options were offered in one venue, because many people go to ERs for nonemergencies.

Health Beat: The Cost Of Curing Cancer May Become Unaffordable Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: The Cost Of Curing Cancer May Become Unaffordable

Cost controls on the pharmaceutical industry are sorely needed as testing and treatment advance.

Health Beat: This Simple Rule Change Could Lower Medicare Costs Flickr.com

Health Beat: This Simple Rule Change Could Lower Medicare Costs

It’s time for the federal program to eliminate a rule that prevents timely transfers of patients from hospitals to skilled nursing facilities.

Health Beat: Mergers May Give Medical Industry A Shot In The Arm Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Mergers May Give Medical Industry A Shot In The Arm

Amazon and Walmart are among the giant companies that may be bringing their penchants for efficiency into the world of health care.

Health Beat: A Simple Way The US Could Save A Bundle On Medical Costs Flickr.com

Health Beat: A Simple Way The US Could Save A Bundle On Medical Costs

A national database for health records would greatly reduce duplicate lab work and diagnostic testing — not to mention overmedication.

Health Beat: Watch Out, This Medicare Scam Begins With A Phone Call Ale Proimos/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Watch Out, This Medicare Scam Begins With A Phone Call

A sophisticated solicitation can convince a patient to ask for unneeded equipment, and trick a doctor’s office into going along with it.