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."
George Mason University, Mercatus Center
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