Rice & Roses #616 : Why Are Medical Costs So High?
Max Roffman hosts a panel discussion covering the reasons why medical care costs are so high in Hawaiʻi. Henry Epstein, state director United Public Workers (UPW); Ah Quon McElrath, social worker International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU); and David Dunlap, health plan manager Kaiser Foundation give their insights into the rising costs that include: advances in medical technology, equipment and services, lack of incentives for doctors to lower costs, the change from not-for-profit charity hospitals to for-profit privatized hospitals, and unused beds and services.
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