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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.

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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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So she told Conner that Bear had joined a pirate crew, and started sending him emails from the teddy on his travels.
The following morning Conner was discovered by another holidaymaker at the campsite who had been woken up by a groaning sound.
Additional funding support for the exhibit has been awarded by Hamilton County Tourism, the William Brooks Fortune Charitable Lead Annuity Trust, Conner Prairie Alliance, the city of Fishers and the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation.
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.
Conner alleges that the Lawrences strung him along so he wouldn't compete with them to buy Wilson's property.
From August 2007 to January 2008, Conner served as Acting USDA Secretary and Deputy Secretary.
The legacy that Bruce Conner has bequeathed us will take time to fully sort through, a process made all the more challenging by the pleasure the artist seems to have taken in placing obstacles in the path of such critical assessment.
Conner, of Kelly Road, Hebburn, who admitted manslaughter, claimed he did not intend serious harm.
Conner has served since July 1998 as interim city engineer for Los Angeles' Bureau of Engineering.
With 90% of her projects out of state, Conner has been the troubleshooter and savior for entities ranging from the U.
Cheryl Snapp Conner, Jeremy Kartchner and Clayton Blackham, three of the agency's partners, have achieved a three-peat on the vSpring Top 100 Venture Entrepreneur list.
Conner, a former pupil of Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg in Barry, had sustained "multiple injuries".