Certificate-of-need laws are state regulations that require health care providers to prove to the government that offering new — or expanded — services is necessary to meet the community’s health care needs.
What’s more, existing health care providers can oppose the CON applications of prospective competitors, granting established interests monopoly protections.
But these laws don’t work. CON laws:
- Reduce access to health care.
- Reduce the quality of care.
- Reduce the supply of medical equipment, such as MRI machines and CT scanners, that help diagnose illnesses and catch problems early.
Tell lawmakers to repeal Montana’s certificate-of-need law.