Pro­posal to charge fee on stor­age of bod­ies in city morgue ad­vances

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL & BUSINESS - By Gor­don Y.K. Pang gor­don­pang@starad­ver­

A bill al­low­ing the city med­i­cal ex­am­iner to start charg­ing mor­tu­ar­ies daily fees for the stor­age of bod­ies won pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval from the City Coun­cil Bud­get Com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day.

Bud­get Chair­man Joey Mana­han promised that the bill won’t get fi­nal pas­sage un­til the lo­cal fu­neral in­dus­try and Dr. Christo­pher Happy, the city’s chief med­i­cal ex­am­iner, can agree on a pol­icy they can all live with.

Happy told Coun­cil mem­bers that the in­tent is to charge fees only when there is a de­lay in pick­ing up a corpse af­ter his of­fice is done with an au­topsy and has made a de­ter­mi­na­tion into the cause of death.

Bill 104 (2017) pro­poses charg­ing fu­neral es­tab­lish­ments or any other en­tity re­spon­si­ble for dis­po­si­tion of a de­ceased per­son $50 a day for stor­ing hu­man re­mains that are not picked up be­gin­ning with the third day af­ter a com­mit­ment or con­tract as­sign­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity is made.

A de­ceased per­son’s estate may be charged the same daily amount five days af­ter no­ti­fi­ca­tion of death.

When those slots be­come filled, the only thing that we can do is move bod­ies to a pri­vate fa­cil­ity.”

Christo­pher Happy Honolulu chief med­i­cal ex­am­iner


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