University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine

A new survey of Hawaii primary care providers reveals a majority are struggling to stay in business because of changes made to the way they’re compensated by the state’s largest insurer HMSA.

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Some of Hawaiʻi doctors say they are struggling financially under the Hawaii Medical Service Association's new payment model, arguing it is exacerbating the state's serious physician shortage and extending wait times for patients.


Across the country, health care spending is through the roof reaching $3.5 trillion in 2017. Hawaiʻi’s largest insurer HMSA says the way doctors have been paid is part of the problem. 

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