Letters to the Editor - Editorials

Letters to the Editor - Editorials

There are 7 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 15, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Referring to the editorial of April 12, "Hawaii should be a gathering place, even in a recession": Why? The opinion piece does not have an adequate explanation for this statement.

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DMAN

AOL

#1 Apr 15, 2009
Unufortunately, while continuing his "on the job" training President Obama statements against Corporate retreats caused unnecessary economic injury to three States that overwhelmingly supported his election, Florida, Nevada and Hawaii. While the President continues to support billions of dollars pouring into the auto industry which directly benefit mid-north states. Obama may get a pass from his Hawaii supporters for this short-sighted vision, however, lets hope he learns quick about how business works, his background as a community organizor shows that he currently lacks that ability. I like the man but think before you talk!
willie

Plymouth, MI

#2 Apr 15, 2009
DMAN wrote:
Unufortunately, while continuing his "on the job" training President Obama statements against Corporate retreats caused unnecessary economic injury to three States that overwhelmingly supported his election, Florida, Nevada and Hawaii. While the President continues to support billions of dollars pouring into the auto industry which directly benefit mid-north states. Obama may get a pass from his Hawaii supporters for this short-sighted vision, however, lets hope he learns quick about how business works, his background as a community organizor shows that he currently lacks that ability. I like the man but think before you talk!
Maybe he can treat Hawaii like he did GM, get rid of the management, force it into bankrupcy and start over smaller and heck of a lot leaner.

BTW in case you missed it, when GM was healthy it actually contributed to the country as a whole, Hawaii on the other hand has been a huge welfare taker for decades...any taxes generated pretty much stay in the state.
The American Way

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#3 Apr 15, 2009
Dr. Ing, try telling the mother whose child was crippled by an incompetent doctor that her recovery is now limited because "we need more doctors like that."
Bob_Mililani

San Diego, CA

#4 Apr 15, 2009
The American Way wrote:
Dr. Ing, try telling the mother whose child was crippled by an incompetent doctor that her recovery is now limited because "we need more doctors like that."
Medical malpractice insurance is extremely high for some fields and in turn, causes shortages in those fields. I agree that there needs to be recourse for incompetence, but the days of multi-million settlements have got to end.
The American Way

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#5 Apr 15, 2009
Bob_Mililani wrote:
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Medical malpractice insurance is extremely high for some fields and in turn, causes shortages in those fields. I agree that there needs to be recourse for incompetence, but the days of multi-million settlements have got to end.
A baby is crippled and requires care for the next 78 or more years. If that care costs only $30,000 a year (and it's likely considerably higher) you're looking at a multi-million dollar award. So where do you draw the line?

Since: Jun 08

Honolulu, HI

#6 Apr 15, 2009
Actually, the "crisis" isn't. There may be some reality to the issue of inadequate compensation to physicians by the insurance companies, but malpractice suits have declined and award amounts have remained flat.

http://www.citizen.org/publications/articles....
In his 2006 State of the Union Address, President Bush called on Congress to restrict patient access to the courts,claiming that access to healthcare is threatened because “lawsuits are driving many good doctors out of practice.”1 But, according to statistics published by the American Medical Association (AMA), the number of practicing physicians is growing faster than the population.2
President Bush has claimed that medical malpractice lawsuits send physicians’ malpractice insurance premiums “skyrocketing.”3 But recent news reports reveal that medical malpractice insurers are making huge profits.4 In Florida, one of the AMA’s “crisis” states, the Office of Insurance Regulation reported that the 15 largest medical malpractice insurers saw profits of $803 million in 2005.5
It is clear that this call for limits on the ability of injured patients to seek redress in court is just one piece of a larger effort by the business lobby to protect businesses from being held accountable when they recklessly or negligently hurt people.
To enlighten the debate about the most effective ways to ensure patient access to high-quality health care, Public Citizen reviewed the most recent publicly available data from the federal government’s National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). The NPDB contains data on malpractice payments made on behalf of doctors as well as information about disciplinary actions against them by state medical boards or hospitals. Most payers of malpractice claims are insurance companies; but the data also include payments by entities such as state-run insurance funds and self-insured health care providers.
Overall, the data show that President Bush is misdiagnosing the health care problem. The court-based compensation system is, on the whole, a rational one that provides money for valid claims and dismisses invalid ones. These findings are confirmed by other research, including a recent study conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in which the authors found that “portraits of a malpractice system that is stricken with frivolous litigation are overblown,” going on to note that “the malpractice system performs reasonably well in its function of separating claims without merit from those with merit and compensating the latter.”6This report examines the issue of medical liability in two parts. The first part reviews NPDB data and shows that the claims of the business and medical lobbies are exaggerated and unsupported by the facts. The second part examines data related to physician error and discipline. This section notes some disturbing trends and reveals that the real medical crisis is the high incidence of preventable medical error, as well as the lack of accountability for a small set of doctors who commit a substantial number of avoidable errors that seriously injure patients.
Fundamentally, an agenda that blames injured patients and seeks to close access to the courts – contravening a Constitutional right – is about protecting business profits over patient health. It is far past time for real health care reform, and for a health care system that puts patient safety first.
sunflower5

Hilo, HI

#7 Apr 15, 2009
KHON 2 tonight ran a story regarding an airline that will now charge obese passengers for 2 seats or bump them from the flight. Now those people will pay for their "habit" just as the smokers are now paying for theirs with the increased taxes. Is this discrimination? You betcha! But--what goes around, comes around. Get ready, all the rest of you with "habits" that someone else doesn't like, your turn is coming. Personally, I can't wait to see it happen!

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