Certificate of Need: Legal nightmare in the making?

Chris Bateman


Telling healthcare providers where they may or may not practice, based purely on creating an equitable spread of healthcare services across the country (i.e. the newly promulgated Certificate of Need (CoN) law), may prove a legal nightmare, ultimately undermining healthcare delivery.

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Chris Bateman, HMPG, South Africa

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Certificate of Need; Healthcare access; Unintended consequences; Doctor bodies

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South African Medical Journal 2014;104(7):459-461. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8550

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Date submitted: 2014-06-10
Date published: 2014-06-11

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