Sumary of Older patients could be denied treatment under Hawaii’s ‘crisis standards of care’ plan if COVID-19 cases continue to surge:
- Hawaii is not yet rationing health care, but patients 65 and older could be denied medical assistance under certain provisions of the state’s “crisis standards of care” plan if the current COVID-19 surge escalates.
- The state Department of Health on Saturday reported 836 new COVID-19 infections and 12 deaths, with 404 people hospitalized with the virus.
- If conditions worsen, Hawaii could find itself in the same situation as other states such as Idaho, where public health leaders last week enacted a “crisis standards of care” plan and are now rationing health care at the state’s northern hospitals.
- It’s unclear exactly what a similar situation would look like here since Hawaii’s “crisis standards of care” plan has not been made public.
- However, a copy of the plan has caught the critical eye of senior advocacy groups such as AARP Hawaii.
- David Ige quietly signed an order releasing health care facilities and health care workers from liability if they have to ration health care.
- Ige’s order referenced the crisis standards of care plan but did not provide the guidelines.
- An August 2020 version of Hawaii’s plan obtained by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser indicates that “if there are not enough resources to provide to all patients within a priority group, younger patients will be prioritized.