The Georgia Certificate of Need (CON) program puts patient care first by assessing the need for a health care facility or a specific care service before approving its construction.
For-profit hospitals have one interest in mind; their bottom line, regardless of patient outcomes or a need for their services. The certificate of need program provides a barrier for these for-profit hospitals from entering into Georgia communities and allows community hospitals to focus on providing the valuable care their patients need, when they need them.
There are numerous reasons why the CON program helps benefit Georgians:
The CON program has helped sustain a stable health care delivery system; one that provides the majority of Georgians access to excellent and affordable health care and protects community hospitals.