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Kathleen Kozak

Why Americans — and Especially Seniors — Pay More for Medicine Flickr.com

Why Americans — and Especially Seniors — Pay More for Medicine

All that money U.S. pharmaceutical companies pay to lobby politicians amounts to a very bad deal for American consumers.
Health Beat: The Case For Paid Sick Leave in Hawaii PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Health Beat: The Case For Paid Sick Leave in Hawaii

The state should mandate this benefit for employees, who then will recover more quickly without infecting their co-workers.
Health Beat: Time for New Approach to Fast-Rising Heroin Addiction

Health Beat: Time for New Approach to Fast-Rising Heroin Addiction

We can save money and lives by focusing on treatment rather than imprisonment of addicts, who are increasing in Hawaii and nationwide.
Health Beat: Time for Public Campaign About the Dangers of Pain Pills Flickr: Sharyn Morrow

Health Beat: Time for Public Campaign About the Dangers of Pain Pills

Not just addictive, they're insidious. When they block pain receptors, the body makes more receptors, requiring a higher dose to keep blocking them.
Health Beat: What If Planned Parenthood Didn’t Exist? Charlotte Cooper/Flickr.com

Health Beat: What If Planned Parenthood Didn’t Exist?

There are calls to take away its federal funding, but the organization actually saves taxpayer dollars while providing essential services.
Health Beat: Should We Ask About Depression If We Can’t Treat It? Eddi van W./Flickr.com

Health Beat: Should We Ask About Depression If We Can’t Treat It?

Primary care providers are being advised to routinely question adult patients about their mental health, but the treatment options may be few, especially for those on Medicare and Medicaid.
Health Beat: What If Medicare Wasn’t There? Flickr.com/libertygrace0

Health Beat: What If Medicare Wasn’t There?

A system that's proven remarkably effective at improving the lives of America's seniors has now been around for half a century.
Health Beat: Hawaii Fails the Elderly When It Cuts Long-Term Care Services

Health Beat: Hawaii Fails the Elderly When It Cuts Long-Term Care Services

The looming cutbacks at state-run nursing homes have residents worried. And mainstream hospitals may have cause for concern as well.
Health Beat: The Care Act of 2015 Marks the Return of ‘Death Panels’ Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Health Beat: The Care Act of 2015 Marks the Return of ‘Death Panels’

Doctors familiar with the wastefulness of extreme efforts to save terminal patients should encourage their patients to express their will before it’s too late.
Health Beat: Doctors Angle to Make Extra Money From Elite Access Flickr.com

Health Beat: Doctors Angle to Make Extra Money From Elite Access

A new concierge system offers access to quality care only to Hawaii patients who pay a premium, which places strain on other primary care doctors.

Health Beat: Americans Can Become More Productive by Working Less Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Americans Can Become More Productive by Working Less

When we work too much, we become less productive. That needs to change.
Health Beat: When Nature Calls While You’re Swimming

Health Beat: When Nature Calls While You’re Swimming

Unless you're next to corals or in a spot with still water, urinating in the ocean is no big deal. It's a different story in a swimming pool.