Attracting physicians to work in Hawaii

How can Hawaii become an ideal place for doctors?

That’s what those in the medical field learned at Saturday’s conference sponsored by the University of Hawaii.

The state is facing a shortage of doctors.

Hawaii’s residents are aging quickly which means the doctor deficit is increasing at a time when a need for health care is also growing.

Experts blame the affordable care act.

They say there’s a lot of new paperwork, penalties and requirements.

“A lot of doctors are thinking rather than learn something all new, I’m just going to quit or I’m not going to take insurance,” said Kelley Withy, John A. Burns School of Medicine.

She says legislators are working on increasing funding for Native Hawaiian health and for residency training.

And hospitals are creating internships and training opportunities for people in all health careers.

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