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Good hospitals must be distributed throughout the islands

We enjoy many benefits of being an island state cradled in the middle of the Pacific. But there are also disadvantages. Unlike other states, good healthcare is not easily distributed throughout the islands. Our families and doctors cannot simply drive to another hospital if one is busy or does not have the services they need.

We have some wonderful private hospitals, but not everyone has access to them. That's why our public hospitals play such an important role in Hawaii--a greater one than in most other states. That's especially true on our neighbor islands where they're often the only provider of acute care.

Public-private partnerships offer great potential, but only if they are shaped in the right way. But no matter our direction, changing how we operate our hospitals to meet changing needs will be key to any long-term solution.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Hawaii Legislature , Jan 26, 2015

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