Access is top health care issue for Hawaii Island

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A new report shows limited access to health care is the top medical issue facing Hawaii Island.

The State of Hawaii Community Health Needs Assessment says Hawaii County suffers from limited access to primary, mental, specialized and other types of care.

West Hawaii Today (http://bit.ly/15rIszN) reports the primary and specialized care shortage is particularly severe in the Puna, Kau and Waikoloa areas.

The Big Island has mental health care provider shortage and not enough substance abuse and mental health treatment options.

Nonprofit hospitals were required to participate in the study as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The report is designed to help Hawaii's hospitals set priorities over the next few years.

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii collaborated with the Healthy Communities Institute to conduct the study.

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Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com

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