The Associated Press: Georgia Editorial Roundup
As for health care, Georgia's "Certificate of Need" process lets the state decide whether you and your family need more or better access to hospitals and cutting-edge equipment. That puts a stranglehold on competition and ensures that little monopolies abound.
The Newnan Times Herald: Patient choice vs. choosing patients
In Coweta County, the battle against cancer has taken on a new focus: patient choice. With both a for-profit specialty treatment facility and a nonprofit hospital cancer care option available in Newnan, health care officials have begun to question if the local community truly has a need for the two comparable practices – and if patients are actually being given the choice to decide between the two. “This is about patient choice and access,” Ray Williams said of the recent Senate Bill 123 currently being considered by the Georgia General Assembly. Williams is a lobbyist for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, located in Newnan.
Georgia Health News: Legislative action on health care bills includes some surprises
Among the surprises was that no major bill related to the certificate of need (CON) program generated legislative action. CON rules govern the expansion and creation of health care facilities and services in the state. The Cancer Treatment Centers of America sought a CON change to allow its Newnan facility to accept more Georgia patients, while a group of doctors wanted to loosen restrictions on operating a multispecialty outpatient surgery center.
HB464 seeks to amend Chapter 6 of Title 31 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, legislation that was introduced in 2008 and unintentionally restricted patient choice and access for Georgia cancer patients. The bill is headed to the Government Affairs committee on Monday, February 27.
SB123 seeks to remedy the unintended consequences of legislation introduced in 2008, which imposed restrictions on destination cancer hospitals and limited their in-state patients to 35 percent of their total patient base and capped the facility at 50 beds.
CBS 46: Cancer Patients Turned Away
Cancer Treatment Centers of America says they are being forced to turn Georgia cancer patients away.
The Newnan Times-Herald: New legislation may lift restrictions on local cancer center
The Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) remains firm in the company’s campaign for change in its Newnan operations, as new legislation to reconstruct the state’s Certificate of Need (CON) law was introduced into the Georgia Senate Wednesday.
Atlanta Business Chronicle: Georgia Senate to revisit CON law
Legislation introduced into the Georgia Senate Wednesday would remove restrictions the General Assembly imposed on Cancer Treatment Centers of America when the state allowed the company to open a hospital in Newnan, Ga., in 2008.
The Newnan Times-Herald: Side by side: Health-expansion regulations
Here are two sides to an issue before the General Assembly in which some of the major players are from Newnan. It has to do with a Georgia law requiring hospitals and other medical facilities to convince state officials to grant a certificate of need in order to build or expand.
The Newnan Times-Herald: We must speak now for choice in cancer care
I’m an advocate for patient choice. Let me tell you why. I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2012. In the blink of an eye, life changed greatly. A lot of information came our way. A lot of decisions needed to be made. And the biggest one – choosing where to get cancer care. I began treatment at a facility in Atlanta, but my health continued to decline. So did my hope. As a wife and mother of three children, I wasn’t willing or ready to give up. My family wasn’t ready. We wanted more options. I’m forever grateful for the option that came to life in our Newnan back yard the same year I was diagnosed – Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
Wall Street Journal: Certifiably Needless Health-Care Meddling
The evidence is clear that Certificate of Need laws are harming, not helping. Patients want local, innovative and affordable health care—and only open competition, not government mandated scarcity, can deliver.
US News & World Report: Complicating Care
While it is true that health care in America has presented us with new and complex challenges, it is not true that policymakers must respond with their own new and complex solutions. They must, however, begin with a clear understanding of the problem. Here, it does not take much to see that making it harder for providers to enter the market will not make it easier for patients to get the care they seek.
USA Today: Health Care Cartels Limit Americans' Options
Misguided Certificate of Need (CON) laws in 36 states restrict access to the procedure recommended by the American College of Radiology. Initially, the laws were touted as a way to cut health care costs and encourage charity care through centralized planning. In reality, they benefit providers while restricting consumers.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Cancer hospital’s ads claim law turns patients away
Like growing numbers of patients, caregivers and advocates, we want cancer patients to have choices when it comes to where they receive care — the people who need options the most.
Chickashaw News: Limits on hospitals, health clinics get fresh scrutiny
The measure targets Georgia’s rigid process for approving new healthcare services, which critics say protects existing providers while limiting patient options for more affordable service.
Joint Statement of the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice on Certificate of Need Laws and South Carolina House Bill 3250
CON laws, when first enacted, had the laudable goals of reducing health care costs and improving access to care. However, after considerable experience, it is now apparent that CON laws can prevent the efficient functioning of health care markets in several ways that may undermine those goals. First, CON laws create barriers to entry and expansion, limit consumer choice, and stifle innovation.