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“Outreach to homeless needed to cut ER costs”

  • September 11, 2016

The casualty count in Hawaii’s homelessness crisis continues to climb, and so do the costs.

Health care costs are among the biggest strains, the fraying social safety net is unable to withstand.

In Large part, the brunt is being borne by the private hospitals, but those costs are passed through to everyone in the form of higher bills and taxpayer assistance periodically sought to cover unreimbursed expenses.

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“Cost of homeless care increases”

  • September 7, 2016

Alexander Akuna was living on Nanakuli beach in 2009 when his heart and kidneys began to fail.

The 57-year-old was in and out of the Queen’s Medical Center over the
next year for multiple chronic diseases brought on by drug use, poor
nutrition and living in harsh conditions.

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