Here is another prime case in point why the state of Alabama should eliminate the Certificate of Need Board, the CON law, and the entire process associated with it.
First, aren’t companies and their Chief Executives, Financial Officers, Managers and others capable of determining whether or not they could provide services in a cost-effective, or even profitable manner?
Yes, they are. So why should government – by and through the CON law – tell them that they are incompetent to do so, and in fact, forbid them from making that decision?
Literally, if Bill Gates wanted to build a free hospital in Alabama, he could NOT because FIRST he would have to obtain permission from the CON Board. And just to eliminate any confusion, a CON Board permit to build a hospital is NOT a construction permit. In fact, a CON Board permit must FIRST be obtained BEFORE a construction permit is granted.
For those not aware of what the CON Board does, they are a group of politically-appointed individuals before whom any group, organization or individual desiring to build a hospital must cajole, plead and beg for permission to build a hospital.
They must literally make and prove a case for why a hospital is needed before they can even move the first shovelful of dirt. Even then, if they are not given permission from “BIG BROTHER” to build a hospital, they must then appear before a judge to further plead their case. And strangely, they’re not merely opposed, but are actively fought, tooth and nail throughout the entire process by the very folks that should be helping improve patient health and providing care… other hospitals. It forces healers to become sworn cutthroat enemies.
And just so you, dear reader, will be aware, the original CON law was first written by the U.S. Congress, the purpose of which was designed to keep healthcare costs from increasing at an uncontrolled rate. However, the Congress quickly abandoned and rescinded the law after it was demonstrated that it had no effect upon rapidly escalating costs. The only state to NOT enact any form of CON law was Louisiana.
I’ve written about the process here on this blog (Tuesday, June 22, 2010), and have, as a private citizen, communicated with the Alabama state legislature and governor to encourage them to abolish the law, board and process.
If you care at all about healthcare – either for you, your family, loved ones, friends or anyone – I wholeheartedly encourage you to read that post, because it more fully details the reasons why the CON process actually serves to deteriorate public health, and drain Alabama’s public tax dollars.
In a nutshell, the fussing, fighting, feuding that is associated with the CON process co$t$ $ignificantly, which co$t$ are pa$$ed onto the patient & in$urance companie$.
Hospital wars invade city council meeting
6/20/12, By Robert Palmer, Staff Writer
FLORENCE – The behind-the-scenes struggle between publicly owned Helen Keller Hospital and Huntsville Hospital and privately owned RegionalCare Hospital Partners has invaded the local political arena.
In its Tuesday work session, the Florence City Council voted unanimously to Read the rest of this entry »