Thursday, October 16, 2014

Health Care Cartels

Nice column in USA Today on how, "Health care cartels limit Americans' options".

The authors Thomas Stratmann (George Mason Univ) and Darpana M. Sheth (Institute for Justice) criticize the "Certificate of Need" (CON) laws that restrict health providers from installing new equipment without government approval.

I previously worked in a state that had CON laws  I was told that my radiology chief had clout with the CON regulators, our department could pretty much get first approval for any new technology.  But I felt bad for the other local doctors who wanted to offer such services (and their patients who might have benefitted), but who didn't have such clout.

Fortunately, my current state of CO doesn't have such CON laws.