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March 28th, 2023 at 1:09 pm
Steve Forbes: ‘It’s Time to Get Rid of the Biggest CON Job in Healthcare’

Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes, recently released a video calling for citizens and local groups to “demand their legislators get rid of” Certificate of Need (CON) laws. Currently, 35 states and Washington, D.C. still have CON laws on the books.

Forbes outlines the flawed CON approval process that requires special government permission for private health care providers to build new hospitals or expand the services they offer. Additionally, Forbes explains how CON laws disrupt competition in the healthcare market and limit access to care while increasing costs for consumers.

In Tennessee, where CFIF has been actively advocating full repeal of the state’s remaining CON laws, such laws continue to stifle the free market, limit access to health care choices for Tennesseans and deprive communities of critical investment. A recent Beacon Center of Tennessee report found that over the last two decades, the state’s CON laws have cost Tennessee up to 63 hospitals, many of them in underserved rural areas. In total, 5.5 million Tennesseans have been denied increased access to health care services and local communities have lost out on over $700 million dollars in direct investment as a result of the state’s CON laws.


  • “CONs restrict competition and promote regional and local monopolies, which means higher prices and restricted access to medical care. After all, approval boards are often loaded with personnel tied to existing facilities. It’s like a panel of people from McDonalds passing judgment on an application for a new Wendy’s. To obtain a certificate of need is not cheap, what with unavoidable outlays for lawyers and consultants, not to mention unnecessary time delays.”
  • “CONs are costly. The Kaiser family Foundation found that states with CON laws have higher health care costs than states that don’t. A study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University confirms that CON states have fewer hospitals, fewer beds and fewer service centers per capita than CON-free states.”

Watch the Video Here