Monday, February 04, 2008

Fla Gov wants to eliminate the CON

or Certificate of Need process whereby new medical facilities have to be "approved" by a State sanctioned board. Kudos to the Fla Governor for this one small step in allowing a slightly more open market for healthcare.

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If Florida's governor gets his way, the state will repeal its certificate-of-need rules for acute-care hospitals. Governor Charlie Crist (R) included a proposal to eliminate CON rules in his fiscal 2009 budget, arguing that such a move would "increase competition and efficiency in the healthcare marketplace." The idea seems to be popular beyond the governor's mansion; the state's Agency for Health Care Administration, which oversees the CON process there, made a similar proposal late last year.