Jim Davis is right about this much: Hospitals in North Carolina shouldn’t be using any monopolistic muscle to try to prevent competition that will benefit patients and the larger public.
The freshman state senator and orthodontist from Macon County is wrong on another score. “Health care is a business …,” Davis recently told The Asheville Citizen-Times.
It's not a business, in any traditional sense, and that's why North Carolina employs the Certificate of Need laws that are now the subject of a review by a House study committee.
Davis, in his comments to the Asheville newspaper, was reflecting on whether Mission Hospital in Asheville had used the Certificate of Need laws and something called a Certificate of Public Advantage to hold down competition.