Impact of Certificate of Need on Health

An interesting paper from Kevin Chiu in the Journal of Health Economics looks at the relationship between certificate of need laws and health outcomes: Certificate of need (CON) regulations requires that health care providers obtain state approval before offering a new service or expanding existing facilities. The purported goal of CON regulations is to reduce…

Certificate of Need Stringency

Many states have certificate of need (CON) laws which restrict providers supply for certain procedures. ¬†A paper presented by Vivan Ho at AcademyHealth claimed that there were 37 states with a CON law for at least one procedure. ¬†Following up earlier research which found that CON laws decreased quality, Dr. Ho found that dropping CON…