STAND. COM. REP. NO.237-02
RE: H.B. No. 2518
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 2518 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to enhance the State Comprehensive Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention System by enabling the Department of Health (DOH) to assist with the implementation of a statewide poison information program.
DOH and the Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition testified in support of this measure.
Through the provision of comprehensive poison information services, the Hawaii Poison Center (Center) has prevented and reduced harm from poisonings, especially among children. The Center saves lives, especially in Hawaii, where child-related poisonings is one of the leading causes of injury leading to hospitalizations. However, recent cutbacks in funding have reduced the hours of operation for this vital service. DOH stepped forward and assisted the Center in obtaining funds in order to maintain their 24-hour service and would like to continue to do so through the statutory authority this bill provides.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2518 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,
DENNIS A. ARAKAKI, Chair