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Opinion: Finding another way

Special to SEGAZINE

In blatant disregard of the free market, Georgia’s Certificate of Need requirement (coincidentally abbreviated as CON) allows the state Department of Community Health to imperiously decide where certain medical facilities can be built, no matter where private or public funding otherwise would build them in response to consumer demand.

That includes hospitals, and back in January the DCH decreed that neither Doctors Hospital nor University Hospital, headquartered in Richmond County, could step into hospital-less Columbia County to build free-standing emergency rooms.

The Augusta Chronicle.

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