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April 18, 2022

Dr. Dion Franga: CON laws detrimental to patient care

“As a physician I think Certificate of Need (CON) laws are detrimental to patient care – particularly in rural areas, because folks are less able to establish avenues of care.” “There is no data to support that these laws improve access to care. In fact, there’s more than sufficient data to show that they’re actually detrimental.” 

April 18, 2022

Dr. Robert Brown: CON laws leave patients fewer options

“Repeal of the current South Carolina CON laws will establish fair competition which will lead to more choices and access to care, greater value, and higher quality care.” “CON laws were designed to provide oversight and prevent wasteful duplication of services. However, there has been severe overshoot of those goals resulting in suppression in new

April 1, 2022

Certificate of Need (CON) Resource Center

Palmetto Promise Team

South Carolina’s CON program is one of the most restrictive in the United States. South Carolina requires a CON for 18 different services, including hospital renovations/new equipment that is over $600,000 and adding one or more hospital beds to a facility.

January 27, 2022

SC Senate Votes to Repeal Certificate of Need Statute

Oran P. Smith, Ph.D

Certificate of Need is that odious, decades-old law that requires permission from the state (and often one’s competitors) to build a healthcare facility or even offer a healthcare service.

July 28, 2021

NEW: State Agency to Audit South Carolina’s Certificate of Need (CON) Program

Lawson Mansell

South Carolina’s Legislative Audit Council (LAC) has voted to conduct a performance audit of South Carolina’s long-standing and anti-competitive healthcare regulations known as Certificate of Need (CON). This decision was in response to a July 16 letter signed by thirteen South Carolina Senators requesting the review.