CERTIFICATE OF NEED LAWS HARM PATIENTS
CON laws give established facilities veto power over competitors wanting to come into their area. By blocking competitors from entering the market, existing facilities maintain their dominant position and keep prices high. This is particularly concerning in areas where patients have limited medical options or must travel extensive distances to receive care.
WHAT ARE CERTIFICATE OF NEED LAWS?
Certificate of Need (CON) laws require hospital systems and other health care facilities to obtain a government permission slip before they can open or expand in a geographic area -- even if providers just want to add more beds or medical equipment. More than half the states have CON laws on the books. The Personal Option health care plan would repeal these unnecessary laws.
Certificate of Need laws are one of the big injustices that bureaucrats across the country have imposed on patients. They restrict access to care and therefore also raise prices. These problems were recognized as a part of the response to COVID, and the Personal Option helps make sure that these bad laws never return.
Kimberly Legg Corba, M.D.
CON LAWS RESULT IN POORER CARE AND HIGHER COSTS:
Most CON board members represent health care interests providers that have a financial interest in rejecting competing facilities. It’s like giving 7-11 the power to stop a Wawa from opening nearby. Giving established facilities veto power over new competitors makes it almost impossible for new companies to enter the market. Less competition means higher costs for patients. CON laws also slow the time it takes for cutting-edge technologies to reach patients, which can have serious consequences for those in need of lifesaving treatments.