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Hospitals promise affordable, accessible care, but patients often experience something different. When they need treatment, they find themselves herded into fewer, bigger and more costly medical systems.

South Carolina had a chance to change the landscape this year by passing Senate Bill 290. The measure would have ended a government regulatory regime that limits the availability of medical facilities and services by requiring a certificate of need. Essentially, a certificate of need works like a . . . (read the entire article)