Video: COVID-19 Exposes South Carolina’s Outdated “CON” Laws

May 15, 2020

Private: Lawson Mansell

Policy Content Manager

Once it became clear that COVID-19 could overwhelm our hospitals, Governor McMaster temporarily waived SC regulations that restrict hospitals and their ability to add capacity to their facilities.

According to current law, SC hospitals and medical practices cannot add any beds to their facility without obtaining approval from the state.

Why do we put these restrictions on our medical facilities?

The answer: Certificate of Need (CON) laws require it. And South Carolina has some of the most restrictive in the country.

15 states and counting have already repealed these outdated laws.

South Carolina should follow suit and permanently repeal CON laws, not just temporarily waive them.

Palmetto Promise Institute and the Coalition to Repeal CON have been working to repeal South Carolina’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws.

To learn more, here are some helpful resources:

The Coalition to Repeal CON

CON Fast Facts

What’s Being Considered to Fix SC’s CON Problem

Palmetto Promise Healthcare Freedom Agenda Report