Certificate-of-need laws require health care providers to obtain government permission slips to open new facilities or purchase some equipment, restricting access to vital services. While some states have repealed CON laws, a majority have still have them on the books.
Under a CON law, the state protects one health care provider and inhibits other providers or services from competing with it in a given area. The result is that health care costs go up and access to critical services goes down.
In other words, certificate-of-need laws hurt patients in need. That’s why Florida took the right step in repealing most of its CON law. Other states would further health care reform by repealing their own.
Send your lawmakers a message today, asking them to repeal CON laws and increase access to health care in your state.