Do Certificate of Need Laws Help Control Healthcare Costs?

Certificate of need laws are state regulations designed to control medical costs. New medical facilities must be assessed and approved by a state board which determines whether such a facility is needed by the community.

Christina Sandefur of the Goldwater Institute explores whether such laws have successfully controlled costs or if they have hindered the competition required to balance healthcare prices.

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As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.

Differing Views:

“Competitor’s Veto: State Certificate of Need Laws Violate State Prohibitions on Monopolies”

“Why do Some States Still Require Certificates of Need?”

“America’s COVID-19 pandemic response requires ‘certificate of need’ (CON) reform now”

Christina Sandefur

Executive Vice President

Goldwater Institute

FDA & Health

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