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Florida's Certificate-Of-Need Laws Should Go

News Summed Up 2018-02-13 05:30:00

Recently, the House passed HB 27, which removes hospitals from Florida’s certificate-of-need (CON) laws. While the Senate needs to act before any changes to state law can take place, Floridians are now one step closer to lower health care costs. Supporters of CON laws argue they’re needed to ensure that health services are spread evenly across the state. And the research supports these claims: States without CON laws have lower per-unit health care costs and their residents tend to spend less overall on health care. By making it harder for hospitals to expand and add services, CON laws contribute to the rising costs of health care.