Traumatic lack of cash afflicts state...

Traumatic lack of cash afflicts state hospitals, mayor warns - ...

There are 3 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Oct 27, 2008, titled Traumatic lack of cash afflicts state hospitals, mayor warns - .... In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

HILO>> Big Island Mayor Harry Kim held a "summit" meeting of about 70 business, labor, and health care professionals Friday to prod them to save the island's state hospitals from budget shortfalls.

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Cathy Morris

United States

#1 Oct 27, 2008
The neighbor island Legislators are unfortunately not in the positions of power necessary to get these bills passed through the system. A bill was introduced to exempt medical services from the Rail Tax but the bill was killed last session by the Finance Committee Chair, even though it had widespread support in his committee and was passed by the Senate.

Marcus Oshiro refused to schedule the hearing, effectively ignoring the petition of over 2,000 patients that had been sent to him.

Nine to Ten million dollars a year are collected off of medical services and put into the kitty for rail.(It is interesting to note that Oshiro is a City Analyst during the other nine months of the year when he is not the Finance Committee Chair at the Legislature.)

If that same 9-10 million dollars were put into shoring up the Hawaii Health Systems Corp. patients would be much better served than a rail system that does not stop at any hospital. But this will never happen if we keep the current Legislators in the same positions of power.
whatisnotsaid

Lake Forest, CA

#2 Oct 27, 2008
Congratulations to Mayor Kim for bringing light to this issue. Somehow our legislature wants to ignore the issue of rural health and the provision of medical services in rural areas.

How many times do people need to be transfered to Queens and they are not accepted by the hospital?

How many times do people take Hawaiian Air
to Oahu and then a cab to the emergency room so they can get the care they need?

Dr. Josh Green has been working on these issues....but somehow the good ole boys from Oahu just aren't listening.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#3 Oct 27, 2008
Slash the bloated salaries of incompetent hospital administrators.

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