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Lawmakers Approve Funds for Maui Hospital Transfer

By Maui Now; Maui Now; April 25, 2017
Lawmakers Approve Funds for Maui Hospital Transfer

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Lawmakers on Monday approved funds for the transfer of operations of three state run Maui County hospitals to private sector service provider Kaiser Permanente.

House and Senate conferees earmarked about $73 million for operations of the Maui Health System, funds for employee separation benefits and Capital Improvement Projects.

According to House leaders, Speaker Joseph Souki and the Maui delegation believe the hospital transfer will provide good jobs and quality health care for the people of Maui. The funding will also provide benefits for hospital workers who are now state employees when Kaiser takes over operations in July.

“The transfer of operations of Maui Memorial Medical Center to Kaiser Permanente is the largest privatization effort in Hawaiʻi,” said Souki. “Once completed it will mean a more efficient and more effective health care future for the residents of Maui County.”

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