• John Locke Update

    CON Reform: Keeping an Eye on the Prize

    posted May 25, 2017 by Katherine Restrepo
    North Carolina’s Certificate of Need (CON) law limits lower-cost health care options for patients electing cataract surgery. This is because the law not only caps the number of stand-alone ambulatory…
  • John Locke Update

    North Carolina Senate Budget Forces Certificate Of Need Debate

    posted May 11, 2017 by Katherine Restrepo
    The North Carolina Senate has just released its $22.9 billion budget plan for fiscal years 2017-2019. The Senate proposed spending $5.2 billion of that total on all Health and Human Services…
  • Research Report

    A Ranking Of Freedom In North Carolina

    posted February 17, 2017
    The mission of the John Locke Foundation is to make North Carolina “First In Freedom” among the 50 states. These are not just words; our mission is clear and measurable.
  • John Locke Update

    Myths And Facts About Certificate-Of-Need Laws

    posted October 12, 2016 by Katherine Restrepo
    Certificate of Need (CON) laws require your doctor or hospital to request and receive a government permission slip before offering you new technology, better facilities, or more treatment options. CON…
  • Research Report

    The Case Against CON: A law that prevents health care innovation

    posted June 2, 2015 by Katherine Restrepo
    What the healthcare industry needs is a strong dose of disruptive innovation — relaxing regulations that will increase provider competition, force downward pressure on costs, and enhance patient choice. CON ultimately picks who gets to compete within the health care sector. Reforming the law will by no means untangle the complexities of health care, but state lawmakers should capitalize on an opportunity to make one of the most highly regulated industries a little less heavy on the red tape and a little more patient friendly.
  • Research Report

    First in Freedom Index

    posted February 8, 2015 by Research Staff
    Overall, North Carolina ranks 23rd in the nation and 5th among the 12 states of the Southeast in freedom. North Carolina ranks 16th in fiscal freedom, 18th in educational freedom, 36th in regulatory freedom, and 46th in health care freedom.

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