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Legislators struggle to deal with failing state hospitals - News

There are 6 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 27, 2009, titled Legislators struggle to deal with failing state hospitals - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Lawmakers in the House want to abolish the Hawaii Health Systems Corp. and temporarily move the 13 public hospitals back to the state Health Department -- a move Health Director Chiyome Fukino says would be "catastrophic." AT RISK Hawaii Health System Corp.

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Lahaina, HI

#1 Apr 27, 2009
If the extremely low quality of service at Maui Memorial is any indication of how horrible the state run hospital system is we wouldn't really stand to lose much by completely starting over.

“Starts right above my shoulder”

Since: Aug 08

United States

#2 Apr 27, 2009
I'm not gonna sit here and pretend to understand the logistics of such an action... suffice to say that if there's a way for our legistators to screw something up, they'll find it...
Manoa Fisherman

Honolulu, HI

#3 Apr 27, 2009
Moving the hospitals back to the Department of Health is the only way the state will be able to have full accountability for expenditures and revenues of the entire system. The HHSC was an experiment 10 years ago, it failed and it is time for the state to be accountable for the funds we taxpayers give to the HHSC each year. The fact that the Department of Health is not prepared to handle it only highlights the incompetent appointments by the administration.

Hilo, HI

#4 Apr 27, 2009
"HHSC was established by state law in 1996 as a public benefit corporation to operate the public hospitals."

Privatization. When will we learn?

Corporations are in the business of MAKING MONEY. They won't (CAN'T) run any public services for the good of the public -- they answer to their shareholders.

Watch carefully, we also have that infamous mainland private "health" company that is presently gutting the Quest funds for the disabled and elderly. Courtesy of Lingle's privatization policies.

The Republican/Libertarians have spoken: Don't get sick unless you have lots of money, folks.

(Of course, that goes without saying. By Republican/Libertarian rules, if you don't have money, you must be criminal, lazy, insane, or just worthless. You don't deserve to live - let alone be in America.)

Davis, CA

#5 Apr 27, 2009
They lose money because the state doesn't collect what it is owed. They don't collect what is owed because there is no incentive for a government agency employee or a quasi-government agency employee to diligently try to collect. Also, the neighbor island legislator's don't want them to collect what is owed because not collecting money from their constituents is a way to have Oahu subsidize the cost of neighbor island health care. This has been going on for decades. It has been documented in the past - most recently to my knowledge when they took it out of the Department of Health in an effort to fix this situation. The fix simply didn't work. Look at why the incentives didn't change and you will see where the problem is.

Hilo, HI

#6 Apr 28, 2009
barcelona wrote:
... there is no incentive for a government agency employee or a quasi-government agency employee to diligently try to collect.... Look at why the incentives didn't change and you will see where the problem is.
You like to point out the government's lack of 'incentives'; try pointing to private corporations' HIGH incentives. They can get rich on our taxes and never have to answer to anyone but their shareholders.

Who is making the BIG money in health care? Government agencies??? I don't think so.

Why do you think so many government leaders (Congress -- and probably our governor) end up 'retiring' and then serving on the Boards of those very same corporations that got the 'privatization' contracts??

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