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Study: Repealing Antiquated N.C. Law Will Lower Costs and Boost Access to Medical Care

Carolina Journal’s Dan Way reports on a Mercatus Center study of North Carolina’s Certificate-of-Need law — a law most states have repealed.

A typical North Carolina medical patient would save nearly $300 a year and have more competitive options for lower-cost treatment if outdated regulations didn’t exist, research shows.

Matt Mitchell, a senior research fellow and director of the Project for the Study of American Capitalism at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, said North Carolina would have more hospitals, even in rural areas, if the state repealed certificate-of-need laws.

That finding contradicts objections the North Carolina Hospital Association routinely raises whenever the General Assembly debates proposals to repeal or roll back CON rules.

So how many areas are subjected to the CON law? Find out here.

Donna Martinez / Senior Writer and Editor

Donna came to the John Locke Foundation in January 2003 after freelance writing for Carolina Journal and contributing to projects for the North Carolina Education Alliance. He...