Quality healthcare is vital to the welfare of Hawaii’s citizens and its economy. Our healthcare system takes into account the historical, cultural and social needs of the citizens of Hawaii, particularly our families, our elderly and our disabled, and we must protect our future generations. Healthcare is the fourth largest private industry in Hawaii, providing a significant number of jobs for our citizens.
Hawaii’s healthcare system is in crisis mode, it’s eroding because healthcare providers such as doctors and hospitals are no long being paid enough to cover increasing the increasing costs of delivering essential services. Hawaii’s health care providers are reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid at well below the national rate.
- Hawaii Health System Corporation, our safety net of hospitals and physicians for primarily rural families
- Physicians, particularly specialists, are leaving Hawaii.
- Jobs are being lost across the healthcare industry.
FACE supports a State public policy of focusing on government payers in the Medicare and Medicaid/Quest programs. Adequate reimbursement to healthcare providers for our vulnerable citizens is imperative to assure access to high-quality care.
FACE will work with legislative and administrative leaders to develop mechanisms that will permanently increase State Medicaid/Quest reimbursements.
FACE will also work with the State administration and the State’s congressional delegation to encourage nationwide changes in Medicare levels as well as to obtain a cost of living adjustment (“COLA”) for all the citizens of Hawaii, similar to the outpatient COLA received by physicians and hospitals in Alaska.