PJM/ John Stossel: Governments create problems. Then they complain about them.
“A public health crisis exists,” says Kentucky’s government, citing a report that found “a shortage of ambulance providers.”
Local TV stations report on “people waiting hours for medical transportation.”
“Six-year-old Kyler Truesdell fell off his motorcycle,” reported Channel 12 news. “The local hospital told (his mother) he should be transported to Cincinnati Children’s to check for internal injuries.” But there was no ambulance available. Kyler had to wait two hours.
Yet Kyler’s cousin, Hannah Howe, runs an ambulance service in Ohio, just a few minutes away. “We would’ve (taken him) for free,” she says in my new video. “But it would’ve been illegal.”
It would be illegal because of something called certificate of need (CON) laws.
Kentucky and three other states require businesses to get a CON certificate before they are allowed to run an ambulance service. Certificates go only to businesses that bureaucrats deem “necessary.” read more