At the rate Hawaii Island is losing doctors, the shortage could grow to 72% by 2030.
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Big Island doctor shortage could grow to 72% by 2030
Hawaiʻi County has the largest shortage in the state, with fewer than half of the physicians it needs to properly serve the population. At the rate the island is losing doctors, the shortage could grow to 72% by 2030, according to new research from the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Doctors say the high cost of living, heavy tax burden and low reimbursements have created the bad situation. And they fear the economic toll brought on by the pandemic will prevent state lawmakers from acting on legislation this session to help rebuild the workforce.
Kahele delivers his first congressional floor speech during impeachment debate
Newly elected U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele got 30 seconds to weigh in on whether to impeach President Trump following last week’s violent storming of the Capitol. In his first speech to Congress, he said Trump violated his oath of office by inciting a “deadly insurrection.” All four members of Hawai‘i’s congressional delegation support the removal of Trump from office before his term ends on Jan. 20.
How single mothers in Hawai‘i are weathering the pandemic
Even before COVID-19 hit, households led by Hawai‘i’s single mothers were far more likely to be struggling with the cost of living compared with two-parent households and those led by single fathers. Now they’re having to cope with virtual learning coupled with a lack of child care and remote jobs. Advocates plan to push for several safety net proposals — from paid sick leave in the private sector to more flexible teleworking in the public sector — when the 2021 legislative session opens next week.
Health officials report 3 coronavirus-related deaths and 106 new infections
Today’s new cases include 73 on O‘ahu, 11 on Maui, seven on the Big Island, two on Kaua‘i and 13 state residents diagnosed outside of Hawai‘i. No further details were available about the latest coronavirus-related deaths. Hawai‘i health officials said today that 2,292 cases were considered to be active. By island, O‘ahu has 1,690 active cases, Maui has 414, the Big Island has 164 and Kaua‘i has 24. Lāna‘i has no active COVID-19 cases.
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