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kaamilo hale aiea nursing hmAbout 7 percent of the patients in Hawaii hospitals at any given time do not need to be there but are waiting for space to open up in a long-term care facility, according to data being released Thursday by the Hawaii Health Information Corp.

Between 6.9 and 7.8 percent of hospital patients statewide were waitlisted, or remained in the hospital after the need for acute care ends, from 2006 to 2011.

Reimbursement levels could restrict the level of aid, even among doctors who want to help

Local physicians asked to take on VA casesThe Hawaii Medical Association, a physicians' advocacy group, is urging private doctors to volunteer to treat veterans to help alleviate a crisis in access to care in the islands.

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