Health care expansion regulation opponents face resistance

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Rep. Robert Foster, R-Hernando, is perhaps the state’s greatest opponent of a state law that requires health care providers to apply for a certificate of need to purchase certain equipment or expand their medical facilities.

In a contentious House floor debate Thursday about two groups aiming to build pediatric long-term care facility in Jackson, Foster said the strife wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the state’s CON requirement.

“If we were to not have to have a board decide who gets awarded a CON, if somebody could get the money together, Calvary Baptist, to put in the facility in, and didn’t have a CON, they could just go do it, couldn’t they?” Foster inquired.

More: Health care expansion regulations pro or ‘CON’ for Mississippi?

The CON process requires an applicant to show a proposed new service 1) is needed, 2) does not duplicate an existing service and 3) does not discourage access to care by a patient who cannot afford to pay for it.

The certificate is designed in part to prevent…

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