The problem? Georgia residents with cancer can be denied access and treatment simply because of their zip codes.
That is NOT OK.
A specific set of cancer care statutes within Georgia’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws limit patient choice and potentially threaten the health and well-being of cancer-fighting residents. That means the number of in-state residents seeking cancer treatment at a certain facility is capped at 35 percent, while the remaining 65 percent are out-of-state patients. On top of that, a Destination Cancer Hospital is restricted to a 50 inpatient bed limit.
Due to legal restrictions put on a Destination Cancer Hospital, many Georgia cancer patients are being denied local access, often forcing them to seek out-of-state treatment away from their loved ones and their homes.