Sunday letters: Haley right to veto CON funding

August 4, 2013 

State of The State

MARY ANN CHASTAIN — AP

— We should all thank Gov. Nikki Haley for her veto of $1.7 million in funding for the Department of Health and Environmental Control’s operation of the Certificate of Need program. This program is outdated, expensive and a good example of the excessive regulatory environment that delays the introduction of new and improved health services to South Carolinians.

When leaders in the health-care field identify a need or improvement and are willing to invest their money to meet this need, they shouldn’t have to go through a lengthy state approval process.

Some projects succeed, and some fail, but investments in medical facilities don’t require the introduction of a third-party to make things happen. This usually just adds to costs and creates delay. The proposed hospital for the Fort Mill area is a good example. This project was begun in 2004, and now, nine years later, the matter is still embroiled in the courts.

Gov. Haley has developed a reputation as a supporter of the free, competitive enterprise system. In this case, she is willing to trust the system, and I appreciate her courage and leadership. If allowed to stand, we all gain from it.

Charles A. Bundy

Lancaster

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