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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Guest Column: Court to officials: Legislature reviews Certificate of Need process under review

I have been writing about Mississippi’s Certificate of Need law for more than two decades, so it’s nice to see the topic being vigorously debated in legislative hearings this month.

To open a clinic or hospital in Mississippi, you have to get permission from the state government, which studies the market and decides whether there is a need. It is central planning rather than reliance on market forces.

Many health care executives and officials believe such government planning is crucial to efficient allocation of health care resources. Others think it protects monopolies and raises costs.

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