How State Certificate-of-Need (CON) Laws Affect Access to Health Care

Mercatus Center
May 12, 2015 · 6 min read
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A recent study by Thomas Stratmann and Jacob Russ, however, finds that these regulations do little to increase access to health care for the poor, but they instead limit the supply of such services. For example, States with Certificate of Need programs are associated with:

  • 131 fewer beds per 100,000 persons.
  • A reduction by between 1 and 2 hospitals providing MRI services per 500,000 persons.
  • A reduction of 37 percent in the number of hospitals offering CT scans.
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Implications for Select States

Arkansas

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Florida

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Georgia

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Kentucky

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Michigan

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Missouri

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New Hampshire

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  • Click here to read Mercatus research fellow Christopher Koopman’s testimony to the New Hampshire House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee.

North Carolina

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South Carolina

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  • Click here to read Mercatus’ Christopher Koopman, Thomas Stratmann and Mohamad Elbarasse’s comment to the South Carolina’s Health Planning Committee Department of Health and Environmental Control

Tennessee

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Virginia

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West Virginia

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