Keeping the Community in Health Planning

Last week, the Commission on the Public’s Health System (CPHS) and NYLPI collaborated to comment on proposed legislation that would streamline the certificate of need process—the administrative procedure healthcare providers generally must go through in order to increase or modify their infrastructure (e.g., equipment, buildings and parking lots), or services they provide.  While a more efficient health planning process is a laudable goal, our organizations believe that it should not come at the expense of further removing community stakeholders—the very people who use the services—from the healthcare planning process.

Instead of simply deregulating the process even more, CPHS and NYLPI have called for three recommendations to amend the proposed legislation to still achieve efficiencies, but give communities a continued role in the process.  Our recommendations were not only made with an eye toward ensuring that community stakeholders have a voice in healthcare decision-making, but also that the State Department of Health is well-situated to strategically allocate healthcare resources in the most equitable way possible, especially for medically under-served communities of color and immigrant communities.  Read our memo and stay tuned for further developments.



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2 responses to “Keeping the Community in Health Planning

  1. Mary Hogan


    This is a baby step but defintely in the right direction. Health care is not only for the rich and well-off but to anyone who needs it.

    No question that community stakeholders must have a voice in healthcare decision-making.

    Mary Hogan

    • healthjustice

      Thanks, Mary, for your comment. Turns out the legislation mentioned in this post may have passed through the legislature amid the rest of the chaos in Albany right now. We’re confirming and will keep folks posted. Even if it did, we need to keep fighting for community input into health care decisionmaking!

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