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January 14, 2013

Think About It: Healthy Starts

While many debate the values and long-term costs of the newly approved healthcare initiative, one thing is for certain. Hawaii, like other places is going to have more need than ever for quality care with an aging population in the coming decades. With that in mind, it's heartening to see the efforts of various local entities as they plan and prepare for the additional obligations in the world of healthcare down the road.

Millions and millions of dollars are being raised and spent by numerous providers to ensure that Hawaii has quality care and quantity of care on Oahu. Kapiolani Medical Center has completed its new parking facility and will soon be tearing down the old parking structure to expand its hospital and office capabilities. St. Francis Healthcare Systems has numerous facilities in place and in the works that cater to the elderly and the indigent. And Queen's Medical Center in west Oahu, formerly known as Hawaii Medical Center-West, should be re-opened for patients in the renovated facility 13-months from now.  

An issue that needs to be addressed is how to deal with some of the pukas on the Neighbor Islands. Certain specialty areas of medicine and acute care are presently unfulfilled in regions throughout the Neighbor Islands, and public/private consortiums might provide answers, whereby government and private industry- whether for profit or non-profit- come together to find a workable solution for non-Oahu medical needs. More growth, innovation, and choices- including palliative care- are essential needs with our aging local population and annual concerns about the never-ending rise in health care costs as we look and plan for the realities ahead. Think about it…


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