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VIDEO: Is Hawaii taxing healthcare to death?
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:00 PM :: 4319 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

Is Hawaii taxing healthcare to death?

From Grassroot Institute


For more than a month, Hawaii has been taking aggressive measures to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus, to curtail its impact on our fragile healthcare system.

One worry has been that Hawaii doesn't have enough doctors and other medical providers. Could Hawaii's tax system be a reason for the shortage? Should physicians and other healthcare providers in Hawaii be given some sort of a break from state taxes, such as the general excise tax, to encourage them to move here, stay here or delay retirement?

Those are critical questions that local physicians Scott Grosskreutz, Ed Gutteling and Elizabeth Ignacio and economic research expert John Dunham will address at a free live webinar on Thursday, April 30, starting at noon.

Grosskreutz is a radiologist in Hilo; Gutteling is is an orthopedic surgeon in Hilo; Ignacio is an radiologist in Maui; and Dunham is president of John Dunham Associates, based in New York, who recently conducted a study for by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii titled, “How Hawaii’s GET adds to island healthcare costs."

Moderator for the webinar will be Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

For more information on how to participate in the event, please call 808-591-9193 or email

Time: Thursday, April 30, 2020, 12:00 PM HST



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