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A need fulfilled: Kauai Community Health AllianceA New Vision of Healthcare

Five out of seven primary care clinics have closed their doors since 2002 on the north shore of Kauai. We knew something was wrong, and so the Kauai Community Health Alliance was born.

Health is our most precious gift—ask anyone who has lived a day without it.

Continued reliance upon the insurance industry to fund our healthcare needs has become a national catastrophe..

At our own clinic, Hale Lea Medicine, we waste time and resources fighting with insurance companies who always have the last say. Due to insurance carrier restrictions patients often get the cheapest, not necessarily best, medications, if they get them at all. It seems that now nearly everything requires pre-authorization and approval--medications, surgeries, bone density scans, you name it. Stories of unmet medical needs abound amongst our families, neighbors and friends.

There has appeared a new opening, a clearing, in which there is the possibility for something incredible and transformative to happen in community medicine. The possibility for community healthcare to be redefined, reborn and renewed has arrived.
-Jim Winkler, Pres.,KCHA

In addition, insurers will not pay for Integrative and Preventive Medicine services. Despite lower toxicity and improved outcomes, Complimentary and Integrative Medicine remains unaffordable and unavailable to most of our community.

Frustrations mounted. Disillusion followed. Our local insurance companies turned a blind eye while giving millions of dollars in bonuses to their executives. Our letters to insurers and the insurance commissioner were returned with politically correct answers empty of solutions. Like many, our busy community clinic was finding it more and more difficult to provide the kind of high quality integrated medical care that was needed. We therefore decided to take financial matters into our own hands— entrusting it into the hands of the community it serves.

There has appeared a new opening, a clearing, in which there is the possibility for something incredible and transformative to happen in community medicine. The possibility for community healthcare to be redefined, reborn and renewed has arrived.

The clinic is now owned by Kauai Community Health Alliance, a not-for-profit corporation run by a community board. In this way the community itself can directly contribute, each according to their means and ability, and create healthcare the way we all dream it should be.

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Challenges We Face:

Insurance reimbursement rates are often lower than the actual cost of providing healthcare:

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