A practical approach to the healthcare crisis: the current challenges facing Hawai'i and the nation (part 1 of 2).

Jerris R. Hedges, Daniel A. Handel

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Although there is consensus regarding the existence of a healthcare crisis, that point is where the consensus stops, even within defined professional and demographic groups. Clearly there is evidence that we must address a growing societal expenditure for healthcare, an aging and more complex patient population, a shortage of physicians and other health care providers, and health outcomes disparities amongst population groups. This article emphasizes how these factors impact healthcare nationally and in Hawai'i. The second part of this series outlines approaches that can enhance health in the United States without creating economic collapse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-103
Number of pages3
JournalHawaii medical journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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