State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, met with state officials this week to discuss proposed legislation to make hospital authorities across the state more accountable.
Spencer said he introduced legislation to address the issue during the General Assembly session earlier this year, but the bill died because it’s too complicated.
“This is a comprehensive bill that will require a lot of discussion,” he said in a phone interview Thursday. “There are several weaknesses to the Georgia Hospital Authorities Law that have contributed to many rural hospital closures across the state. Particularly, the audits provisions are the weakest and the governance structure of hospital authority boards are too political. These are the provisions that are under discussion for revision.”
This bill will take several discussions to move in order to implement better changes in the law, he said.