Because of antiquated “certificate of need” laws in Kentucky, residents of Jessamine county can’t have a hospital. St. Joseph-Jessamine, which wants to build a hospital in Nicholasville, can’t:
“The emergency room should free up ambulances in Jessamine County, because crews won’t always have to bring patients to Lexington, Cassity said.”
“Eventually, St. Joseph wants to open a surgical center and a hospital in Nicholasville, said Jeff Murphy, a spokesman for St. Joseph. So far, the hospital group has not received state approval to expand services.”
Don’t the bureaucrats in Frankfort have something better to do than risk people’s lives by infringing on market decisions of willing providers and consumers?