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Hawaii’s state run hospital system appears to be in dire financial straits. However, it does have new leadership in its CEO, Dr. Linda Rosen, who as Pacific Business News reports, has a lot of experience dealing with emergencies. Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more. 

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The flu season is hitting Hawaii residents a little harder than usual this year.  Hospitals and urgent care facilities are reporting an influx of people with flu symptoms.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the current vaccine is only 23% effective, but experts say that it shouldn’t stop people from getting them. Dr. Sarah Park is the Chief Epidemiologist for the Disease outbreak control division of Hawaii.  She says that the rising levels here match those on the mainland, but despite the numbers so far, this flu season is still developing. 

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

State hospitals in Maui are pursuing a partnership with the privately-run Hawai‘i Pacific Health. The state’s publicly-funded facilities have been struggling for years and plan to seek approval from the legislature. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

  In Hawai‘i we get to play in the sun year round…but what lurks in those UV rays can be the start of melanoma and other skin cancers. Our panel of experts compares notes on what you need to know.  

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Hawaii is one of 23 states that allows the use of medical marijuana. 

On January 1st, control of the state medical marijuana system will be changing from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health.  But patients whose registrations expire this month are urged to reapply by December 12th to avoid any lapse in coverage.  Applicants must still obtain a signed physician’s statement before applying.  Scotty Ruis is the project coordinator for the State Medical Marijuana program. 

Maui’s Public Hospital Challenge

Nov 17, 2014
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  For years, Hawaii's public hospitals have relied on state subsidies to offset the rising cost of health care. That’s especially true on the Neighbor Islands.  But now hospitals are receiving less funding from the state, and on Maui, administrators are looking at other options.  Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News.

  When you are sick and  can’t speak for yourself, the most important document you might need to have is an advanced directive. What is it and how can it help your family?  On this show we’ll talk with Dr. Carolin Hubbard, an expert in palliative care and how to make the decisions now that will  help you and everyone you love with end of life care. 

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  Kaiser Permanente has announced they are closing their clinic in Kailua-Kona, effective next week.  But Kaiser members on the Big Island should not be concerned because they’re replacing it with a clinic that is bigger and better.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken has the story.

Getting a diagnosis of cancer can be a devastating moment for people and their families. The American Cancer Society has been working to help. Dr. Neal Palalay will be in the studio to talk about the latest in cancer care right here in Hawaii.

The Body Show: Healing

Mar 24, 2014

When does something go from being a cut that won't heal to a wound that requires the attention of an expert? How long should it take for a skin tear to heal? We'll talk with experts from the Queen's Wound Care Center about how to know if it's healing, when you can safely take off bandages for good, and how to protect you or someone you love from getting a wound that just won't heal that requires medical attention.

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We’ve heard a lot about the fumbled national roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. Here in Hawaii, the exchange has also performed well below expectations -- with lackluster sign up numbers and a website delay that stalled the launch by two weeks. As HPR's Molly Solomon reports, these problems are further complicated by the role of paper.

Officials Launch Hawai'i Health Connector

Sep 17, 2013
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Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Health Connector is scheduled to go online in two weeks for a 6-month open enrollment period, prior to implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act. Government, health insurance and community group leaders participated in a news conference today to launch a public awareness campaign to help residents and businesses navigate the complex and sometimes confusing program. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and has this report.

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In just a few weeks, the Hawaii Health Connector will debut coverage options for the nearly 100,000 people who are uninsured in Hawaii. Kokua Kalihi Valley Health Center, or KKV, has spent the past few months preparing for the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

The Worsening Physician Shortage

Apr 25, 2013

Due to technical problems, the first three minutes of the show are missing.  We apologize for the problem.  On this show Beth-Ann Kozlovich talks with George Greene, President and CEO of Healthcare Association of Hawaii; Dr. Nadine Tenn Salle, Queens physician and President of the Independent Physicians Association; and Valisa Saunders, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner at Leahi and Maluhia  long term care hospitals. And by phone at the beginning of the show JABSOM physician, researcher, and benchmark study co-author, Kelley Withy.

April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day and we will be talking about the local efforts in Hawaii from the Compassion and Choices Hawaii organization to support, educate,  and advocate for choice and care at the end of life.   

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