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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.R. NO.              H.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE RESOLUTION
URGING THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE ON AGING, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOSPICE
   HAWAII, TO EDUCATE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS AND THE GENERAL
   PUBLIC ON THE BENEFITS OF HOSPICE.



 1       WHEREAS, hospice care is a service that can be delivered at
 2   home, in a free-standing unit operated by the hospice, in
 3   nursing or care homes, or even in beds set aside in acute care
 4   hospitals; and
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 6       WHEREAS, a hospice is not a place, but rather a philosophy,
 7   which accepts that an illness has progressed to a terminal
 8   stage, and death cannot be avoided with aggressive medical
 9   treatment; and
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11       WHEREAS, the goal of a hospice is not to prolong life, but
12   to make dying as comfortable as possible for the person dying,
13   and for family and friends; and
14   
15       WHEREAS, virtually every study of hospice care has
16   concluded that:
17   
18       (1)  The primary benefit of hospice care is increased
19            patient satisfaction; and
20   
21       (2)  Hospice care almost always costs less than either
22            hospital care or other forms of acute care at the end
23            of life;
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25   and
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27       WHEREAS, a recent Gallup Survey reports that when hospice
28   care was explained, 70 percent of people, if terminally ill,
29   would want access to hospice care, yet, hospice care is
30   underutilized; and
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32       WHEREAS, each year, there are nearly 8,000 deaths in
33   Hawaii, of which approximately 5,000 persons could have
34   benefited from hospice care; and

 
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 1       WHEREAS, some health care providers do not refer patients
 2   to hospice at all, or more commonly, most do not refer patients
 3   to hospice until the patient's final days; and
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 5       WHEREAS, some physicians are still unfamiliar with hospice
 6   resources, or are hesitant to recommend hospice care for
 7   various reasons; and
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 9       WHEREAS, the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Living and
10   Dying with Dignity unanimously recommended, among other things,
11   that hospice care be made more available and offered more
12   expediently to the dying; now, therefore,
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14       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
15   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
16   of 1999, that the Executive Office on Aging is urged to educate
17   healthcare providers and the general public on the benefits of
18   hospice; and
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20       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Hospice Hawaii work in
21   partnership with the Executive Office on Aging on this health
22   education effort; and
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24       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
25   Resolution be transmitted to the Executive Directors of the
26   Executive Office on Aging and Hospice Hawaii.