• Repealing Certificate-of-Need Law Would Help Boost Health Care Supply

    RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers can boost patient choice, put downward pressure on health care costs, and reduce red tape by repealing the state's certificate-of-need law. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report offers that recommendation. The report arrives as the General Assembly considers competing proposals for addressing certificate of need, or CON, in the future.

  • Mercatus Center experts pan N.C. certificate-of-need restrictions

    Research scholars Robert Graboyes and Christopher Koopman of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University discuss the impact of North Carolina’s certificate-of-need restrictions on health care access and innovation. Graboyes and Koopman offered these comments during a May 11, 2015, speech for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. To watch…

  • Certificate-Of-Need Reforms Face Tough Test In NCGA

    RALEIGH — House Bill 200 would exempt diagnostic centers, ambulatory surgical facilities, gastrointestinal endoscopy rooms, and psychiatric hospitals from certificate-of-need review. A CON is basically a permission slip a provider must receive from the state in a regulatory approval process that is dominated by hospitals that currently provide the services.