Hawaii public hospitals cut while hurting for cash

Hawaii public hospitals cut while hurting for cash


Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Public hospitals across Hawaii are finding ways to reduce staff and cut services because they don't have enough money to make ends meet.

Executives from Hawaii Health Systems Corporation told lawmakers Friday that even after substantial layoffs they are facing a $30 million deficit.

One hospital on Maui chose to close its adolescent psychology unit because it couldn't sustain the appropriate staffing levels to provide the services. They're also considering cuts to oncology and dialysis services.

The hospital group had asked for $150 million in financial help for 2014, but they Legislature approved $111.4 million.

Some hospitals only have several days of cash on hand to operate.

The CEO of the group's Maui region Wesley Lo says they will continually face this problem because their funding model is unsustainable.

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