Michael Driesen has been a patient of Korver ENT since 2014. Driesen wants to receive future ENT surgeries from Korver ENT at its proposed surgery center because it is a safe, cost-effective, convenient, and familiar environment. He also wants his children to receive future ENT surgeries from Korver ENT at its proposed facility for the same reasons. But Iowa’s certificate-of-need requirement prevents him and his children from doing so because Korver ENT cannot open its proposed surgery center before obtaining a certificate of need.
For more than twenty years, Dr. Lee Birchansky tried to offer his patients the option of having their cataract and other outpatient eye surgeries in a center right next to his office in Cedar Rapids.