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Americans for Prosperity: New Ranking Should be a “Wake Up Call” to Reform South Carolina Health Care Laws

Jul 15, 2022 by AFP

COLUMBIA, SC — Americans for Prosperity – South Carolina (AFP-SC) today renewed the call to repeal the state’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws, after a report by CNBC ranked South Carolina as the fourth worst state to live in, due to limited access to health care.

Earlier this year, the House failed to move on bipartisan legislation to repeal CON laws, after the Senate passed the bill by an overwhelming majority.

AFP-SC State Director Candace Carroll released the following statement:

“South Carolina made a recent top 10 list — but not for a good reason. CNBC named South Carolina the fourth worst state to live in due to limited access to health care. This should be a wake up call to repeal the burdensome certificate of need laws that prevent new hospitals and doctors’ offices from being built.”

According to CNBC, South Carolina, there are just 2.19 hospital beds per 1,000 residents. The state ranks 44th worst in access to clinical care.

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