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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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But as soon as a target buys in, the con man ups the ante.
The con man insisted on proof that the would-be renters could afford the flat, saying one of them must transfer the equivalent of two months' rent - PS1,900 - to the other by Western Union.
The con man with more than a dozen aliases was arrested from Chiknauta village under Baligaon police station in Vaishali district following a complaint by a local villager.
The con man talks his way into each woman's bed, and awakens them to the wonders of sex and life.
Mr Blunkett said: ``He is a con man and a fraudster; he is a publicist wanting to sell his book.
ELDERLY people were today warned to be on the lookout for bogus officials after a con man tricked a Wirral pensioner out of hundreds of pounds.
Jake Vig (Edward Burns) is a master con man who knows every trick in the book.
A CON MAN warned a north Warwickshire pensioner that she would be fined pounds 50 if she didn't allow him to check the pilot light on her gas boiler.
Clay is eventually exposed as a con man on the run from the law, but not until he touches the lives of everyone in town, including Sid's beautiful daughter Anne-Marie (Jessica Kiper), becoming Formosa Studios' lead actor in the process.
Enfield councillor Chris Bond said: "Rooney was not just a grubby con man he was a vicious criminal who traded in lies, fear and violence.
PALMDALE - Desert Opera Theater starts its season celebrating the American musical with Meredith Wilson's ``The Music Man,'' about a con man who charms Iowa townsfolk into paying him to start a marching band for their children.
LABOUR'Sbig guns turned on convicted con man Peter Foster yesterday over his allegations about Tony Blair's relationship with style guru Carole Caplin.