The Fountain City Journal writes about the Medical Association of Georgia’s desire to see Certificate of Need laws repealed:
So, if physician offices are excluded, why has MAG decided to enter this fight? The people who run MAG are mostly specialists and surgeons and they want to open private facilities that do outpatient (meaning no overnight stay required) procedures. For instance, a group of surgeons may open an outpatient surgical facility, like the one on Weems Road here in Columbus. Suppose an orthopedic surgeon is in the group and performs arthroscopic knee surgery there. He bills the professional component (the actual work) and the surgical center bills the facility component. Since the surgeon is a partner in the surgical center, he makes money off both the procedure he performed and a share of the profit from the facility.
So, what about this? Will doing away with CON laws be on the legislative agenda?