AIF, hospitals want this regulation
Gov. Charlie Crist wants to eliminate Certificates of Need (CON) for hospitals, and the Buzz is there's a mention of such a move buried in one of his budget recommendations. "One of the things I'd like to do is relax that process so that we get more health care providers to more Floridians in a more timely fashion," Crist said.
The proposal has spurred an interesting opposition movement, with the state's existing 289 full-service hospitals and some business groups, like Associated Industries of Florida, calling to keep the CON regulatory measure. Read more here. Basically, it's a fight between would-be new hospitals versus established hospitals.
Barney Bishop, head of Associated Industries of Florida, said his group opposes getting rid of CONs, even though hospitals end up spending small fortunes suing each other over the issue. "The reality is, this has existed for decades," Bishop said. "My hospital companies are suing each other over it, but they don't take it seriously. It's a part of business."