Florida's CON Law: Lessons from Three Decades of Research

Testimony before the Florida House of Representatives, Health Market Reform Subcommittee

Matthew Mitchell testified before the Health Market Reform Subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives at its February 6th meeting. In his presentation he explained that research shows certificate-of-need (CON) laws have worked largely as economic theory predicts. They have limited access to healthcare and failed to achieve their stated goal of cost reduction. There is also evidence that CON laws are associated with lower-quality care and have failed to encourage hospital substitutes.