New Institute video shows why Hawaii might soon have more doctors to help
A bill awaiting the signature of Gov. Josh Green would allow physicians from other states to more easily practice here
from Grassroot Institute, May 19, 2023
Hawaii lawmakers actually did something this year that could make it easier to get the healthcare that you need, says Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute executive vice president, in the opening words to the Grassroot Institute's newest "Hawaii Matters" video on YouTube: "Why Hawaii's doctor shortage is about to see some signs of relief."
Kent talks about bill SB674, which, if approved by Gov. Josh Green, would authorize the state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. The compact already includes 37 states, and more are expected to join soon.
According to the bill, the compact provides "a streamlined process that allows physicians to become licensed in multiple states, thereby enhancing the portability of a medical license and ensuring the safety of patients."
In other words, making it easier for mainland doctors to practice in Hawaii could go a long way toward addressing the state's shortage of almost 800 doctors.
There are many other disincentives that medical professionals face in Hawaii, but for any doctors on the mainland who have declined to move here because of the state's strict occupational licensing regulations, this bill could be the welcome sign they have been waiting for.