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To Expand Access to*Health*Care, States Must Remove Unnecessary Regulations**

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To Expand Access to*Health*Care, States Must Remove Unnecessary Regulations**

02.28.19 11:53 AM

For many Americans, seeking medical care requires over an hourís drive to the nearest provider. For some, this is a major inconvenience. For others, it can be life-threatening.*Neither is acceptable. These issues are commonplace in rural areas of the United States. While*urban areas*naturally attract more hospitals and more providers, there are steps states can take*to ease the burden on their rural citizens. Repeal Certificate-of-Need Laws In 35 states*and*the District of Columbia, hospitals and other health care providers are saddled with onerous restrictions called certificate-of-need laws. Suppose a hospital needed extra room to accommodate more patients and considered purchasing*extra beds. Simple, right? Not so fast. The hospital must first ask permission from the government. Whatís more, the government can deny the request if it doesnít feel that the hospital has need of*more*beds. How does it know whether a hospital needs more beds? It asks the hospital’s competitors. Imagine applying this process to any other business. Should Samsung consult Apple before building another phone? The result is that areas with already limited health care resources are prevented from solving*problems*by overzealous bureaucrats and self-interested competitors. The supply of care shrinks while*costs for patients*rise. And no one is protected by these laws*ó except, that […]

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