PODCAST: Laws regulating hospitals threaten Tennessee’s health

PODCAST: Laws regulating hospitals threaten Tennessee’s health

 

The people who work in healthcare in Tennessee can’t offer a hospital bed, neo-natal intensive care or any home health services unless state bureaucrats say it’s OK.

The bureaucrats in charge of Tennessee can do this because of what are known as Certificate of Need laws, which the state has had for 43 years now.

As reported, a Mercatus Center study says these CON laws have already caused hospitals in Tennessee to offer fewer hospital beds and MRI and CT scanners.

Tennessee’s CON laws rank as the nation’s seventh-most restrictive, according to Mercatus.

Will the Tennessee General Assembly ever do away with CON?

Justin Owen, president of the Nashville-based Beacon Center of Tennessee, gives the latest in Tennessee Watchdog’s first-ever podcast.

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