HB 186 would also change who is allowed to officially protest an application to establish or expand hospital services. Right now, for example, if a county government believes a proposed health care business would damage the local hospital and thus damage the local economy, it can oppose the proposal. But under HB 186, only another health care facility within 35 miles that provides similar services as the proposed one could oppose it.
The compromise would protect hospitals from what they see as a bigger threat: a new wave of outpatient surgery centers with multiple specialties or wide reach.
A lobbyist for CTCA, Ray Williams, praised the bill’s passage “on behalf of Georgia’s cancer patients.” He said that if it were to become law, he would not expect to ask for more concessions next year, though he added that the health care landscape is constantly changing.
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