Healthcare

 

Dr. Government Seeks Patient Medical Information

Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Obamacare) without first reading it. As Nancy Pelosi noted at the time, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” The repercussions of such a move are becoming clearer by the…

 

Certifiable Improvement

North Carolina’s healthcare system could be considerably more effective at controlling costs, increasing rural access and delivering quality services. That much Republicans and Democrats agree on. It’s the details that are in dispute and one healthcare policy, certificate of need regulation, has been particularly controversial. The Certificate of Need (CON)…

 

Certificate of Need: Access Denied

One intended purpose of Certificate of Need (CON) laws is to increase medical care accessibility to people by encouraging the expansion of medical facilities into rural areas and by decreasing costs that would prevent people from seeking care.  CON laws try to do this by creating committees that oversee the…

 

Certificate of Need: The Cost of the Process

A hospital applying for authorization to use their own funds for hospital projects will, on average, pay a minimum of $32,000 per Certificate of Need (CON) application. The CON system has been in place in North Carolina since 1974 as an attempt to regulate federal funding for programs like Medicare…

 

Certificate of Need: Does It Actually Control Healthcare Costs?

“The fundamental premise of the CON law is that increasing health care costs may be controlled by governmental restrictions on the unnecessary duplication of medical facilities.” -NC Division of Health Service Regulation website. While the basic economic case against the entire Certificate of Need (CON) process has already been made,…

 

Certificate of Need Protects Providers, not People

In these times, lawmakers are all about attracting business to the state and increasing the number of North Carolinians at work. Great pomp and circumstance is placed on a single business moving to the state if it means jobs. The governor’s own website tracks new business opening in the state…

 

Certificate of Need Series

With lawmakers expected to begin reviewing North Carolina’s Certificate of Need (CON) program, Civitas will be releasing a five-part series of articles explaining the failure of this centrally-planned healthcare scheme. The articles examine why CON has failed to control costs, increase access, or improve healthcare. Through analysis, the series finds…

 

Does Obama Care? True Consequences of the “Affordable” Care Act

In mid-August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled on the Florida lawsuit challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare or PPACA).  The suit represents 26 states, but not North Carolina. During this past legislative session, North Carolina’s Republican leadership wrote an amicus brief supporting…

 

Tort Reform Not Forgotten in Historic Legislative Session

The General Assembly worked tirelessly throughout the 2011 legislative session to push through hundreds of bills aimed at dismantling the old liberal guard.  In the area of tort reform, several significant legislative improvements were offered with bi-partisan support.  Two of the bills, HB 542, “Tort Reform for Citizens and Business”…

 

Lawmakers Perform Healthcare Reconstructive Surgery

For the first time in over 140 years, Republicans are leading both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly.  They came in with a comprehensive list of legislative goals, hoping to overturn and roll back some of the more burdensome policies of the liberal regime. Within their extensive legislative agenda,…

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