Crystal Clear Conservative covers the recent developments about establishing a new hospital in Haymarket, pointing out the unusual behavior of the Commonwealth in trying to kibosh the idea. I still don’t understand why the state has the power, or even the inclination, to say no to a private enterprise wanting to expand access to healthcare. Does Virginia have some interest in maintaining health care monopolies in the state or something? As long as the venture will adhere to current state and federal regulatory requirements concerning the quality delivery of care, it makes no sense at all for the Commonwealth to have any input on this more than it would for an auto body shop to expand their business.
Fast forward to June, the Commonwealth of Virginia is now deciding the fate of Prince William Hospital System’s application to build a hospital in Haymarket. Right now, the fate is not looking too good for PWHS, as the Division of Certificate of Public Need (COPN) recommended that the State Health Commissioner, Karen Remley, deny PWHS’ application to build. Why would the Division of COPN stand in the way of the proposed hospital? The staff director in the COPN division has questions based on the area’s population growth and does not think that the transportation problems warranted a hospital.
Seriously, are we in danger of having too much convenient access to hospital care? If a private business wants to expand and provide a public service while adhering to all state and federal laws and regulations, what business is it of the state to second-guess the business model for the venture? When Virginia can effectively cost contain Medicare and Medicaid, which has long-term structural budget busting cost implications, maybe then they’ll have the credibility to weigh in authoritatively on a business model. Until then, this at least smacks of protectionism. More likely, it’s just another episode of “Bureaucrats Gone Wild!”
Let the free market decide. Governor McDonnell, here’s a great opportunity to demonstrate those principles you espouse so often.
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