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Raising the Bar: ICU Beds and Certificates of Need   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The nation is on a mission to 'flatten the curve.' The goal is not so much to reduce the total number of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] infections--though that would be ideal--but to reduce the number of infections at any one time, so as to ensure that the nation's healthcare resources are not overwhelmed. While it has received less attention, a secondary goal should be to 'raise the bar' by increasing the nation's capacity to handle those cases that do arise (see figure 1). Certificate-of-need (CON) laws may contribute to diminished healthcare capacity, and their elimination can help raise the bar so that the nation is ready for the next healthcare crisis."

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2020-04-29
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George Mason University, Mercatus Center
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