COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - State health officials want the South Carolina Supreme Court to decide if the Department of Health and Environmental Control, DHEC, can suspend a program that regulates whether new medical facilities can be built, hospitals can expand and doctors can buy expensive equipment.
In a copy of a lawsuit obtained by The Associated Press, DHEC asked the justices Monday to immediately take the case involving the Certificate of Need program.
Governor Nikki Haley vetoed $1.7-million to run the program from the state budget last week. The House went along with the veto.
The governor and DHEC say the decision means the program should end.
But House budget writers say DHEC can run the program with other money.
The South Carolina Hospital Association predicted legal challenges because the law authorizing the program is still valid.