Know that folks go back and forth to Oahu for speciality medical care all the time. Major problems are medi-helicoptered out to Oahu. Our neighbor who had a stroke has received excellent care here on Kauai and very good therapy. We came from a part of Vermont where major medical centers were over 1 and 1/2 hours away so it's not a big concern to us.
Thank you very much for your time and information. I live in Cleveland Ohio and I am spoiled with the Cleveland Clinic 15 minutes away.
Excellent in thinking ahead for your retirement....and HEALTH CARE..
Health is something that is very important, and here is what I can tell you from personal experience in living here for coming on 7 years.
Even though we are pretty darned fit, and exercise daily, with working out the gym, hiking, biking, snorkeling, etc things can and do happen.
Most small problems, can be handled here on kauai., AND wilcox is an outstanding hospital. But , it is small and somethings require youre going over to Oahu.
Other situations: We have one dermotologist who handles the basics....but recently I had a fairly major situation come up and I had to fly over to Oahu to a MOHS specialist.
A couple of years back, after a stress test for the heart here, the VA sent me over to Trippler Army Hospital for an angio gram, and tripple by pass.
Heart was super healthy, but the pipes were a bit clogged from youthful transgressions and heridity.
Erica has Kaiser, and sometimes they send her over to Oahu, for tests that they want done in their facility instead of on kauai, since apparently it is more economical. Kaiser pays her transportation round trip.
So, if you are fit and healthy, and do not need continuous medical attention, you will probably be just fine. We plan on staying here until they scatter the ashes.....but, advanced medical care can somtimes require a person to fly over to Oahu.
Another situations: In some cases , the medical specialists fly over once a month from Oahu, or Maui, and that saves paying airfare for the patients.
Also check on your medical insurance to see if your premiums are going to be the same as where you now reside. Just be aware, and keep on planning well ahead.
Gold stars to you,
DennyEdited: 05 February 2013, 19:33
I've been very pleased with the medical care on Kaua`i, although admittedly I haven't had a major problem.
To say that Maui Memorial has improved greatly since Fuzz lived here would be putting it mildly.
They are much, much better than they were, and have expanded cancer and cardiac care greatly. Here's a link to their website, for those who might want to know more current info:
That said, if I ever really, really had a major issue, I know I would prob end up on Oahu for hyper-advanced care. Certain neurological and spinal injuries come to mind first.
But I have way more confidence in MMHC than I used to, and given that I have family/personal history with them going back about 28-30 years, I think that's pretty good.
Thank you for your information.
A couple of years ago, hubby ended up at Wilcox Hospital ER thinking he was having a heart attack. The staff took excellent care of him and of me, freaking out not only because of hubby, but panicking about the potential charges. Hubby is DAV so all his care is through the VA. Nearest VA hospital is on O‘ahu. They assured me all the billing would be taken care of (it was) and if necessary, he would be flown to O‘ahu after he was stabilized. I can't say enough for Dr. Magelssen and all the staff at Wilcox.
Thankfully, it was not a heart attack, but really bad indigestion (thanks to the Maui onions on the burger at Keoki's). Wilcox called to check on him a couple of days later.
Family members of mine who live on the island have to go to Oahu for care when it something serious. I'm sure Kauai is fine for emergencies etc, but if you need further care, plan a long stay on Oahu. I just had a friend who spent months there for chemo. Her husband and family needed to rent an apt.
I hear Kaiser is spending millions and millions for new facilities in Hawaii, but Kauai was not on the list.
It is really something to consider if wanting to move here (actually suprised this thread is still going). Other islands have better facilities. Queens Hospital on Oahu is supposed to be very good.
Kauai has fine care for basic things. But if there's anything major, it's off to Oahu. The hospital has all the common diagnostic devices, but no heart cath work or heavy duty chemo gets done here from what I've seen.
Glad 3C's hubby had good luck with the ER. My own experience was not so good. The ER doc mis-diagnosed and was setting up the air ambulance to Oahu. Luckily a real heart doctor was available who sent me home with ibuprofen..........$30K for an air flight averted. Scared the crap out of me.
Like any ER, it matters who you see and they have some fairly rapid turnover. I'd have prefered a rookie over the 20 year vet who's convinced me he's not really up to the job. Overall, we're fairly happy with Kauai health care but choices are limited as many doctors are not taking new patients and insurance prices are high.
Kaiser has no real presence on Kauai. A few doctors accept their insurance and you can go to Wilcox for emergency care. Luckily we haven't needed to find out what happens with non-emergency yet serious issues.