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certificate of need

a document issued by a health systems agency or local health planning agency, giving formal permission for construction and modification of health agencies, major equipment expenditures, or new health services. An institution or individual health care provider can apply for such a certificate.


abbreviation for certificate-of-need.

certificate of need



A declaration from a government planning agency indicating that the construction or alteration of an existing health facility is justified. Designed initially in the 1970s to prevent the construction of duplicate health care facilities in local or regional markets, some analysts have suggested that CONs have instead defended existing hospitals from unwanted competition.

Patient discussion about CON

Q. What arethe pros and cons of removingmy gallbladder due to gallstones

A. Pro - solves the problem (gallstones usually don't form in the absence of gall bladder

Cons - operation, with its complications: anesthesia, incision, hernia in the incision, infection etc.
Usually there are no chronic consequences for the absence of gallbladder.

However, this is only general advice - if you have any questions regarding this subject, you should consult a doctor (e.g. general surgeon).

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Q. do you know what are the pros and cons of the Sonic toothbrush from Oral B (electric tooth brush)? last night, my best friend raved about it for a whole hour. My dentist told me to use a soft brush (number 35) to clean my teeth and that the electric brushes are a bit over rated. My friend specifically told me about the Sonic product and told me that it also makes his teeth whiter. I wanted to know if anybody has any knowledge or experience from first hand about this product or any good information about it.

A. Thank you for the frank answer. I wonder if I can find a really soft electric toothbrush

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Statistician Marshall Gillespie said: "The youngest player I have records on from before Conner is Jason Greenway, who ironically was also from Glenavon.
Ginny later found out that Conner was left brain dead and Austin had suffered a concussion.
Calcraft adjusted the noose and Conner nodded and smiled a last farewell to the warders in the room.
She said the CRC had even writ-ten an action plan, but there was no time to implement it as Braddon had already murdered Conner.
So she told Conner that Bear had joined a pirate crew, and started sending him emails from the teddy on his travels.
The letter from the family continued: "We are so proud of you Conner and of what you achieved.
A six-minute video interview with Conner, who reflects on his start in the advertising business, and the inspiration and technique behind his illustrations.
By taking us into the Bircher meetings in her parents' house, Conner shines a fresh light on this chapter of radical rightist politics.
Andrew Foster, defending, said that Conner had lately been earning PS1,700 a month after tax working as an engineer travelling the UK installing fire safety equipment.
The origins of the case date back to 2003, when Conner and Lawrence Sr.
MIMVI Inc (OTCBB: MIMV), a search and recommendation technology company, announced on Wednesday that it has appointed Kevin J Conner as chief financial officer and principal accounting officer.
30 March 2011 - UK Barclays (LON:BARC) said yesterday it had appointed Morgan Stanley's (NYSE:MS) Josh Conner head of global transportation investment banking at its unit Barclays Capital.