States Working to Dismantle Certificate of Need Laws

Few policies in health care are seen to be as  anticompetitive as state-based certificate of need (CON) or certificate of  public need (COPN) laws. COPN laws require new healthcare facilities to receive  state regulatory approval before building or growing a facility or service.  COPN laws were created as a way to limit new or existing healthcare facilities  under the assumption held by some that excess capacity directly increases  healthcare costs.

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