Frustrated doctor leaving Maui

The doctor who led unsuccessful efforts to build a privately funded second hospital on Maui is joining a clinic in Boston next month. Full Story
Adobo man

Kapolei, HI

#1 Mar 25, 2008
close down all maui hospitals... vote for the democrats
Big Okole

United States

#2 Mar 25, 2008
Typical Hawaiian politics. Placing obstacles in the way of a new hospital in order to protect the old one.

Maui needs another hospital.

They already send a lot of their patients to Oahu.

The only difference is that next month they will have to fly them to Oahu on Hawaiian or GO because Aloha may be out of business.
J Chen

Kaneohe, HI

#3 Mar 25, 2008
Dr. Kwon made a big mistake! By history, Maui people never like anything new coming to them. No matter how sincerely you are. If they need something, they will juice it from Ohau. Taking advantage of others and never be productive themself. Hopeless and selfish. Look at the Super-ferry... same thing!
A non wine mouse

Chicago, IL

#4 Mar 25, 2008
No surprise here. The only thing that would surprise me is the people of Hawaii stopped electing these socialists into office.

The problems we have in Hawaii is soley the fault of the residents living here; anti business, pro union, more government bureaucracy, socialized medicine and protecting criminals is what the Hawaii people want more of.

You should never blame the politicians or complain about all the red tape to making Hawaii a better place. The blame should be directed at your neighbors, co-workers and friends who vote these crooks into office.

Hawaii will never change though. Far too many uneducated, lazy and unmotivated people who are always looking for a free handout and never looking to solve any problems themselves.
Carl Sundquist

Orlando, FL

#6 Mar 25, 2008
sorry to see a good Dr. leave Maui, he will be missed..
Sangegosen

Portland, OR

#7 Mar 25, 2008
".....adverse impact on the existing provider." That's the reason....how sad - pathetic really. Sounds like Dr. Kwon was prepared to face more red ink, since reimbursements would be the same (low) for the clinic as well. Guess the 'existing provider' likes keeping it's staff over worked.
Maui No Ka Oi

United States

#8 Mar 25, 2008
J Chen wrote:
Dr. Kwon made a big mistake! By history, Maui people never like anything new coming to them. No matter how sincerely you are. If they need something, they will juice it from Ohau. Taking advantage of others and never be productive themself. Hopeless and selfish. Look at the Super-ferry... same thing!
You are completely wrong. It wasn't Maui people who stopped Dr Kwon's proposal from going through. It was a group of people from Oahu who have no idea what Maui really needed trying to protect a state monopoly. Talk about a conflict of interest. If they had held the hearing on Maui there would have been a huge turnout of people giving overwhelming support. I'd rather fly to Oahu if I'm going to have to go to a hospital then go to Maui Memorial as would most other people here on Maui.
Vegas Guy

Northbrook, IL

#9 Mar 25, 2008
same old story. protect the long time business and prevent competition. happens every day in hawaii. thats why prices are high and service is lacking.
Kona

Portsmouth, VA

#10 Mar 25, 2008
How long is the wait time at the public hospital Maui Memorial? At least with another competitor you would have seen a more efficient, well run hospital instead of all the bureaucratic BS
ulua fisherman

Pahoa, HI

#11 Mar 25, 2008
And still people wonder why we in Hawaii are loosing our population in Hawaii and other states and countries are prospering. So is there something wrong in our democratic process or our political process? So now who suffers from this?
Mike Hu

United States

#12 Mar 25, 2008
Last one out, turn out the lights.

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#13 Mar 25, 2008
ulua fisherman wrote:
So is there something wrong in our democratic process or our political process? So now who suffers from this?
Yes, it's called government and an uninformed, indifferent public. It's the fault of the bureaucrats in government because they cater to the special interest groups, instead of the every day, working man and woman. But more so it's the fault of the people (us), because certain people don't bother voting, others don't bother researching where these politicians stand on the issues and others keep voting for the same shysters, over and over again because they don't know any better.

It's time to get the bureaucrats out of the state legislature and elect individuals who truly care about making Hawai'i a better place to live for all of us.
imua

Keaau, HI

#14 Mar 25, 2008
Maui's lost is Boston's gain, the continued exodus of the best and brightest we have to the mainland will continue/increase as long as it's "business as usual" in the resist change/improvement state of hawaii.
Yetiboy

Ewa Beach, HI

#15 Mar 25, 2008
I totally agree with Dr. Kwon. His comment says it all:

"We (Malulani) were not turned down on the basis of need, land, financing or staffing. All met the criteria. The only reason we were turned down was adverse impact on the existing provider. If we take that reasoning, no one can ever build a hospital on Maui."

The grip of certain powers in our healthcare system here (political & otherwise), is creating its own catastrophe. After Sen. Akaka helped secure $17.7 million for the existing hospitals here, some of those payouts will only actually offset the amount spent on Washington, D.C. lobbyists of one of those hospitals mentioned in the recent newspaper story.

When some of our hospital executives are playing the "healthcare poker" game with a stacked deck, things will never change here. The Healthcare Association of Hawaii needs to quit covering up for its unethical members. Doctors & healthcare professionals deserve transparent and accountable hospitals in which to work in. We will always need more hospitals with the population growing on the neighbor islands.
think about it

Kalaheo, HI

#16 Mar 25, 2008
The legislative process is - Help me into office and I wiil help you(special interest). Therefore, the legislators that support the Dept. of Education- what are they getting? Think about it.If you can answer this question please post in the forum.
Dr R

Waianae, HI

#17 Mar 25, 2008
Dr. Kwon was the only infectious disease expert in private practice on Maui. The physicians that are left do not have a specialist to help with the care of complex infections. That increases the overall liability risk and uneasiness of those physicians remaining. This increases the chances of them leaving as well and certainly deters young physicians from starting a practice in such a community. Shame on our State legislators for failing to address the access to care crisis this year.
The public should be needs to make this an election issue this year!
Angry

Mililani, HI

#18 Jan 6, 2010
I cannot believe the people on Maui did nothing about this, how stupid! Sad loss.

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