Fairfax, Va.-based George Mason University researchers found Vermont's strict certificate-of-need laws increase cost and restrict healthcare access for state residents, according to VT Digger.
Here are three key points:
1. Vermont has the most restrictive CON laws in the U.S., with the researchers finding the regulations negatively impact the quality of care Vermont residents receive.
2. Of states with CON regulations in place, the laws regulate 17 procedures, on average. Vermont almost doubles this figure with the state laws regulating 30 procedures.
3. Officials are taking notice of CON laws' impact, with the Federal Trade Commission issuing a warning in April, stating CON regulations "limit consumer choice and stifle innovation" and "thwart or delay entry by new competitors."