Florida House Advances Plan to Deregulate Hospital Expansion

Determined to show that more competition will lead to better access to healthcare, a Florida House committee gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a plan to eliminate the controversial law that requires state approval for the building of new hospitals.

The House Health Innovation Subcommittee voted 9-3 along party lines to eliminate the so-called “certificate of need” process that requires state regulators to review and approve the construction of any new hospitals, the replacement of existing hospitals, or the development of certain expansive medical services such as organ transplants.

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