October 7, 2020 Print

State governments are aggressively reducing the ability of healthcare providers to freely provide their services in the marketplace in 36 states in the United States of America. Thomas Stratmann from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University spearheaded the Equity Initiative for American Healthcare, which exposed government imposed certificate of need laws as harmful to both healthcare providers and patients. Since 2014, the Mercatus Center has developed nine academic papers and dozens of short papers explaining how certificate of need (CON) laws, in the name of increasing access, improving quality, and reducing healthcare costs, consequently create situations where patients do not have access to services. The Mercatus Center is recognized as the 2020 Atlas Network Liberty Award winner and is nominated for the 2020 Templeton Freedom Award.