Michigan Senate votes against new hospital in Clarkston

December 4th, 2014

Lansing, Michigan:  Today the Michigan Senate voted against Senate bill 1073 (11-26), a bill allowing McLaren Health to build a new hospital in Independence Township by amending the Certificate of Need (CON) standards.

Friends of Certificate of Need, a 90 plus coalition of businesses, purchasers, health systems, and unions have opposed the bill since its conception claiming rising health care costs due to unneeded projects such as McLaren’s proposed hospital place increasing pressure on employers to reduce jobs, cut benefits and/or increase costs for workers.  The coalition also raised concerns about politicians favoring one corporation over another through policy revisions.

“Lawmakers in Michigan have done the right thing by not allowing this bill to pass.  We thank them for caring about health care cost containment for the state.  A ninth hospital in an area with too few of patients would have caused significant financial stress to the healthcare industry,” stated Bret Jackson, president of the Economic Alliance for Michigan.  “We also want to thank the Friends of Certificate of Need for all their hard work.”

“We’re pleased that there is a clear recognition in the Michigan Senate that it is critical to maintain the CON process and contain health care costs wherever possible,” says Delaney McKinley, director of human resource policy for Michigan Manufacturers Association.

McLaren has requested the Michigan Supreme Court for an appeals permission but still awaiting a decision.