For SC hospitals to thrive, healthcare policies must change

South Carolina’s health care future looks brighter now that the state’s Certificate of Need (CON) statute has finally been repealed.

The 1970s law, which required a permit receipt from the state before a new health facility could be built or additional health care offered, was ostensibly enacted to protect the financial viability of hospitals in Palmetto State. But research from George Mason University’s Mercatus Center found that the CON statute resulted in higher prices, less access to care and, in many cases, lower quality care.

The fact is, there have always been better ways to support healthcare providers in our state and drive better patient outcomes. As the health care policy conversation in South Carolina now shifts, policymakers should take the opportunity to explore more effective measures to support hospitals in the state.

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