The state’s certificate-of-need (CON) system is under perhaps more legislative pressure than ever before. This set of health care industry regulations has inspired two bills that would fundamentally overhaul the system in Georgia.
Last week GHN published a Commentary that supports that revamp.
In a new Commentary, Dr. Lamar “Chip” Moree argues that CON should be preserved.
“CON laws strike a balance between improving access to care, recognizing that a “free-market” system won’t work because hospitals must legally and ethically take all patients (regardless of their ability to pay), and striving to ensure that communities have the services they need, such as trauma care and intensive care for premature infants, even though those services often lose money,” Moree writes.