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South Carolina?s certificate-of-need regime needs to go

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South Carolina?s certificate-of-need regime needs to go

07.16.20 06:17 AM

Late last month, South Carolina National Guard Adjutant General*Van*McCarty warned that the Palmetto State would need to begin rationing care if the state’s hospital capacity exceeds 80 percent in the coming months. We’re nearing that ceiling now, with*nearly 73 percent of the state’s hospital beds*in use as providers work to keep up with an influx of COVID-19 cases. Lexington County is at 85 percent capacity on hospital beds. But keep this in mind: Of the 10,804 hospital beds in South Carolina, only 1,560*— 14.4 percent of the total —*were*occupied by COVID-19 patients*as of July 15. How did we get to this point? No pros to*CON South Carolina is among the 35 states and the District of Columbia that have*certificate-of-need laws, which intentionally limit the supply of clinics, medical equipment, hospital beds, and other care. The average number of services restricted by CON laws is*14;*South Carolina limits over*20 medical services. Though Governor Henry McMaster suspended parts of South Carolina’s CON law temporarily to help providers deal with*the coronavirus, the law has left the state ill-prepared to fight the*pandemic.*And when*it’s over,*CON*restrictions*will continue to hurt patients. The*debate*over South Carolina’s CON regime reignited last year after a*report from the Department of Health and Human […]

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