CON in Georgia
A comprehensive report on Georgia’s Certificate of Need program finds:
- CON regulations are associated with a diminished availability of healthcare services. This includes fewer hospitals, fewer ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), fewer rural hospitals, fewer rural ASCs and fewer home health agencies.
- CON regulations lead to worse outcomes for underserved populations, which includes those in rural or economically depressed areas.
- There is no correlation between rural hospital closures and reduced CON regulation. In fact, there are 30 percent fewer rural hospitals in states with CON regulations relative to non-CON states, and there are 13 percent fewer rural ASCs in CON states relative to non-CON states
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