Certificate-of-Need Laws

Summary

Certificate-of-need (CON) laws require healthcare providers to seek permission from state regulators before they offer new services, expand facilities, or invest in technology. While the original hope was that CON laws would restrain healthcare costs, increase healthcare quality, and improve access to care for poor and underserved communities, a large body of academic research suggests that CON laws have instead limited access, degraded quality, and increased cost.

Despite this poor track record, CON laws remain in most states, keeping millions of Americans from getting the care they need. 

 

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