Conservative group launches ad campaign to revoke costly South Carolina hospital mandate

‘Certificate of Need’ program in the crosshairs…

A national conservative group active in South Carolina politics and governance has launched a “six-figure campaign” aimed at eliminating unnecessary regulations that “limit access to quality care and raise prices for individuals and families.”

Americans for Prosperity.(AFP) is pushing for the repeal of South Carolina’s so-called “Certificate of Need” (CON) program, which I previously criticized for “injecting politically oriented government bureaucracy into the health care market.”

Administered by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), this restrictive “regulatory regime” forces hospitals to seek state approval if they want to build new facilities, open new practices, or purchase certain types of new equipment.

Last year, the SC Senate passed a bill ending the NOC during the first month of the legislative session – but the bill stalled in the SC House of Representatives when powerful “Republican” leaders refused to allow it to go to the floor for voting.

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A new bill abolishing CON – S. 164 – has already cleared the SC Senate Medical Affairs Committee by an overwhelming margin. The AFP is working to ensure this bill becomes law and is running television and digital advertisements during the legislative session in support of it.

You can watch the group’s TV spot by clicking here…

“Certificate of need laws create limits on the number of health care facilities in the state, the number of beds in each facility, and the purchase of medical equipment,” the group noted. “Ultimately, they reduce the number of patients that can be treated. It is important that South Carolina healthcare providers be able to expand capacity as needed.”

As I noted in a recent article, there is ample evidence attesting to the ineffectiveness of certificate of necessity laws.

Two years ago, the palmetto promise think tank released a report on South Carolina’s NOC program, concluding that Palmetto State has “one of the most restrictive NOC programs in the country.”

“Instead of market demand determining supply, under NOC laws, physicians and medical facilities must seek state approval before purchasing or expanding the services they provide to patients,” the report found. “Competitors can delay and even prevent new facilities from being built through the CON process.”

This news agency will interview the AFP director in South Carolina candace carroll on this issue before our next episode ‘Week in Review’.

Stay tuned for this conversation…

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personal will is the founding editor of the news channel you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary for the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children.

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Conservative group launches ad campaign to revoke costly South Carolina hospital mandate

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