State bill looks to slow hospital construction

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INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): A bill in front of state lawmakers would require health care providers to prove their case for a new hospital before building one.

According to the Journal Gazette, Senate Bill 573 requires projects of more than $10 million to get a Certificate of Need from the State Department of Health before construction can begin.

Sen. John Ruckelshaus argues that some healthcare organizations have been too focused on building multiple hospitals in what he calls “high wealth areas”, driving up the cost of healthcare in the process.

If passed, the bill would impact plans for a new Lutheran Health Network hospital in downtown Fort Wayne.

The Indiana Hospital Association is against the bill.


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