Restore Health Care Freedom

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Certificate of Need Laws
Hinder Freedom:

  • Restrict access to care
  • Put government control ahead of patients and doctors
  • Handcuff health providers from offering care in their communities
  • Increase health care costs by preventing competition
  • Undermine the doctor-patient relationship
  • Add anxiety about quality of care when we are most vulnerable

North Carolina and other states require your doctor or hospital to request and receive a government permission slip before offering you new technology, better facilities, or more treatment options. In 1987 the federal government repealed its Certificate Of Need mandate. Since then, 16 states have repealed their CON laws. However, North Carolina still allows bureaucrats to determine your health care options. It’s time to restore health care freedom to North Carolinians

North Carolina families deserve access to quality care and lower costs, unencumbered by government control.

Learn more about CON. Read the Research.

How Far From Home Must North Carolinians
Travel For Access To Quality Care?

con law cost comparisons

CON is meant to improve access to heath care in rural areas, but it has failed to deliver on this promise. Because of CON’s flawed central planning, patients are forced to travel longer distances for outpatient surgery. (Source)

Cost Comparisons

con law cost comparisons

Over 70 percent of annual surgeries in North Carolina are performed in outpatient settings, and 70 percent of these surgeries are conducted in the highest cost hospital systems. Without CON laws it will be easier for more low-cost facilities like ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to enter the market, providing more health care options at a lower cost for patients. (Source)

Number of Certificate of Need Laws By State

con law cost comparisons

North Carolina burdens health care entrepreneurs with one of the most stringent CON programs in the nation, regulating over 25 services that range from organ transplants to acute care hospital beds to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). (Source)

JLF Panel Highlights Problems linked To
North Carolina Certificate Of Need

North Carolina families deserve access to quality care
and lower costs.

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