Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Friday, February 26, 2016
Hawaii CON Law Throttles Health Care Access
By News Release @ 10:08 PM :: 4466 Views :: Health Care

Certificates of Need Aren't Always Needed

by Keli'i Akina, Ph.D., President/CEO, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Sometimes the government tells us there's something we need that we really don't need and, frankly, can live better without. That's often the case with certificates of need. CoNs refer to the legal document/permission required from the state before the expansion, creation, or acquisition of health care facilities.

Recently, Grassroot  testified at the State Legislature that CoNs, though meant to constrain health care costs and prevent the duplication of services, actually create a burden for the elderly, poor, and those who require emergency services. Requiring a business to seek permission from its competitors before expanding is a pathway to corruption and cronyism.

To promote better decision making, we presented legislators with our research into the best practices of other states. Fourteen states have repealed their CoN laws, opting for less intrusive methods of oversight. As we look to improve health care access, especially on the neighbor islands, reevaluating Hawaii's CoN law is an important step.

  *   *   *   *   *

Grassroot Institute Testifies in Support of CON Law Reform

Watchdog group says it's time to reevaluate law that can throttle health care access 

News Release from Grassroot Institute

HONOLULU, HAWAII--February 26, 2016--Today, the Grassroot Institute offered testimony on HR 3 and HCR 9, House resolutions that direct the auditor to study the effects of Hawaii's Certificate of Need law. In comments that focused on addressing issues with health care costs and access, President Keli'i Akina supported a full and honest reassessment of the law and its effect on the neighbor islands and the most vulnerable populations.

"More than 40 years have passed since Hawaii enacted its Certificate of Need law, and in that time, we have seen significant changes to health care," stated Keli'i Akina, Ph.D., President of the Grassroot Institute. "Fourteen states have repealed their CON laws after determining that they do little to constrain costs and can disproportionately affect the poor, elderly and people needing emergency care."

Dr. Akina continued: "The best way of ensuring lower health care costs and greater access would be to encourage competition. CON laws, on the other hand, encourage cronyism and bureaucracy and can even result in hospital shortages. There are less intrusive, more effective ways for the state to discourage rising costs and duplication of services. We have been making progress in improving health care in Hawaii by questioning previous assumptions about the state's role in the market. A reevaluation of the CON law is the next logical step in that process."


About the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii:

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, the free market, and limited, accountable government throughout Hawai`i and the Asia-Pacific region.  Read more about us at http://www.grassrootinstitute.org/

Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GrassrootInstitute

Donate to help us grow: http://tinyurl.com/GrassrootDonate

Tweet us at http://twitter.com/grassroothawaii

About Grassroot President:

Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.,  is a recognized scholar, educator, public policy spokesperson, and community leader in Hawaii.  Currently, he is President/CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a public policy think tank dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, free markets and limited, accountable government.  An expert in East-West Philosophy and ethics, Dr. Akina has taught at universities in China and the United States and continues as an adjunct instructor at Hawaii Pacific University.  Dr. Akina was a candidate for Trustee at Large of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in the 2014 General Election run-off.


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute


Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii


Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii


National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii


Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns


West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii