Court: DHEC Must Run Certificate of Need Program

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's public health department must administer a program that regulates the building or expansion of medical facilities, even though its funding was vetoed by the governor.

The state Supreme Court ruled Monday the Certificate of Need program was not eliminated when Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed its appropriations funding last year.

The court did not specify how the Department of Health and Environmental Control must pay for the program.

State law requires medical facilities seeking to build or expand get approval from the program. When Haley vetoed the nearly $2 million needed to run it last year, about three dozen projects worth about $100 million were under review and are currently stalled.

Haley said she felt the process should be sorted out in a free market.


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