North Carolina has one of the nation’s most restrictive certificate-of-need laws. That’s the law that forces health care providers to seek state government’s permission before adding hospital beds, buying major pieces of medical equipment, and providing other types of services.

Experts from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University say CON laws thwart health care innovation and limit access to care. They explained how during a briefing for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. In the video clip below, research fellows Robert Graboyes and Christopher Koopman discuss the impact of CON in North Carolina.

2:35 p.m. update: Click play below to watch the full 50:31 event.

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