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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: 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.

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Health Beat: Pharmaceutical Companies Are Ripping Off Americans

You may get out of the pharmacy with pills in hand and money still in your wallet, but the high cost of medication will get you in the end.

Health Beat: Yes, Patients Can Be Trusted With A First Look At Test Results Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Yes, Patients Can Be Trusted With A First Look At Test Results

Technology makes medical information available faster these days, but should it be accessible to patients without a doctor’s explanation?

Health Beat: Marijuana Could Be Opioid Alternative — But Feds Just Say No Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Marijuana Could Be Opioid Alternative — But Feds Just Say No

As we desperately seek alternatives to addictive painkillers, a federal ban on research is obstructing one promising option.

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Health Beat: Really? You Need A Doctor’s Note To Go Back To Work?

Employers waste money requiring their workers to have physicians verify that they were legitimately sick and have now recovered.

Health Beat: Bring Back The Mental Hospitals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Bring Back The Mental Hospitals

Most of them were shut down in favor of community-based services, but that has proven to be a colossal failure.

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Health Beat: Beware Of This Dicey New Approach To Experimental Drugs

There already was a well-regulated program in place, but new federal legislation that just took effect raises many questions.

Health Beat: Hawaii Can Do More To Save Opioid Overdose Victims VCU CNS/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Hawaii Can Do More To Save Opioid Overdose Victims

We need to join the many states that allow over-the-counter purchases of a drug that can potentially save those addicted to painkillers.

Health Beat: Let’s Start Assuming People Want To Be Organ Donors Flickr.com

Health Beat: Let’s Start Assuming People Want To Be Organ Donors

Hawaii could save lives and shorten the waiting list for transplants by requiring people to opt out of the program instead of opting in.