Legislators consider limits on new health care facilities

JACKSON – The chairmen of the House and Senate public health committees would not say whether they would support efforts to repeal the process where certain health care facilities must obtain a certificate of need to operate in the state.

But Rep. Sam Mims, R-McComb, chairman of the House committee, and Sen. Dean Kirby, R-Pearl, chairman of the Senate panel, and members of their committees held a three-hour hearing on the issue Monday….

…Russ Latino, the state director for Americans for Prosperity, told legislators they should repeal the certificate of need (CON) process and allow “market driven forces” to determine the number of hospitals and other health care facilities in the state. That, he said, would lead to lower costs and better care.

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