Tom Piper , director of the certificate of need program for the Missouri Department of Health and information coordinator for the American Health Planning Association , said permit of approval laws help guarantee a higher level of care by rewarding operators who have a proven track record
.Those are the ones who are rewarded with the opportunity to expand..
Allowing an unlimited number of nursing homes in a particular area might result in uninformed residents or their families moving to newer facilities where the care might not be better , Piper
There is this fallacy that more health care resources means cheaper prices -- not true , Piper
said.Health care economics does not follow the normal patterns of marketplace economics.You're in a care industry , not a commodity industry. ... Just because you have more doesn't mean it's better or that it's cheaper..
Gordon said common sense will drive families to investigate even the most attractively painted and landscaped facility to compare the quality of care with other existing homes.
They'll find out soon enough if the care is better or worse , Gordon said.