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HB Healthcare & Insurance 2014

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Ray Vara
President & CEO
Hawai'i Pacific Health

Q&A with Ray Vara, President and CEO of Hawai'i Pacific Health

Q: The United States spends more on health care than any other country. How are you at Hawai‘i Pacific Health working to provide the highest quality care while staying mindful of the cost?

A: From my vantage point, I see both sides of that situation. Like most families, mine has many health care needs. I know what it’s like to be a patient or have a loved one in the hospital. Every single person deserves the best possible care every time they visit our doctors or hospitals. At Hawai‘i Pacific Health, we constantly strive to provide the highest quality of care while being mindful of the costs.

As far as specific initiatives are concerned, we have a very strong Continuous Quality Improvement program throughout our system. We recently launched Hawai‘i Health Partners, an innovative care model that strengthens the collective ability of our hospitals, physicians and health plans to manage individual and population health by putting the patient at the center of care. By coordinating these segments of the health care system, we are confident we can create a higher quality patient experience and still manage the cost of care to the benefit of our community.

Q: What’s in store for health care in Hawai‘i under the various recent health care reform efforts?

A: In truth, we are fortunate that leaders in Hawai‘i had the foresight to enact the Prepaid Health Care Act many years ago. Today, Hawai‘i has the 49th lowest insurance premiums of the 50 states and averages about 92 percent coverage for its residents. So we are entering this new phase from an excellent starting point. Even so, Hawai‘i Pacific Health has partnered with HMSA and our physicians to develop a network that will improve access and strengthen preventive care. And at Hawai‘i Pacific Health, we support these efforts with state-of-the-art technology that allows patients to have an even greater participation in their care. We at Hawai‘i Pacific Health understand the challenges ahead, but we remain optimistic about the future of health care in Hawai‘i.  


Hawai‘i Pacific Health – Corporate Office
55 Merchant Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
949-WELL (9355)
or toll-free at 1-877-709-WELL (9355)


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