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How CON laws have limited healthcare in Hawaii
Find out during a free webinar how Hawaii’s “certificate of need” laws are contributing to Hawaii's healthcare shortage, on Monday, Nov. 15, starting at 10 a.m.

Sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, the one-hour event will feature three special guests:

>> Joe Pluta, president of the West Maui Taxpayers Association, who was a vocal supporter of a proposed second hospital on Maui that was denied under the state’s CON laws.

>> Naomi Lopez-Bauman, healthcare policy directory for the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute.

>> Sal Nuzzo, director of the Florida-based James Madison Institute’s Center for Economic Prosperity.

Hawaii’s certificate-of-need laws require healthcare investors to prove to the state that their proposed new medical facilities or services are “needed” before the state will let them be built or offered.

Hawaii has the strictest medical CON laws in the nation, covering 28 different medical services. It also has the fewest hospital beds per capita in the nation.

Yet since 2006, state officials have rejected over $200 million of private healthcare investments, which would have added more than 200 hospital beds to meet Hawaii’s immediate medical needs.

Such regulation led to Hawaii’s healthcare market coming up short when the coronavirus emerged in March 2020. Alleging inadequate healthcare capacity, the governor shut down the entire state to “flatten the curve” and reduce stress on Hawaii’s hospitals. That “emergency” has now lasted 19 months.

Perhaps it’s time to reform Hawaii’s CON laws.

If you would like to learn more about how CON laws have diminished Hawaii’s healthcare capacity, please join us for this fascinating discussion.

Moderator for the event will be Institute President Keli‘i Akina. Questions from the audience will be fielded by Joe Kent, institute executive vice president.

Click the button below to register. For more information call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org.

Nov 15, 2021 10:00 AM in Hawaii

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