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Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Some of Hawaiʻi’s doctors are struggling with the latest changes in the way they are paid by the Hawaii Medical Service Association, the state’s largest health care insurer. Two years ago, HMSA altered the way it compensates physicians, all in a bid to control rising costs and improve care. But the transition has been tough on some independent primary care doctors.

Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi

Year after year, Hawai‘i’s physician shortage continues to grow. A 2017 report on the state’s physician workforce shows a shortage of more than 400 doctors, and the largest shortfall on all islands is in primary care. The good news is there is a health care model rising in popularity across the country, and it may be just what Hawai‘i needs to help meet its primary care needs. HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi reports.

What if the next time you saw your doctor, no one asked you about your insurance, and you knew what your visit would cost, and that once you left, no bills would come in the mail? Sound impossible? Maybe it is, but this week we will discuss what a single payer system might look like , and how this may be a future step in America's health care.