Representatives of the state’s major hospitals testified Tuesday against a bill that would clear the way for a for-profit cancer center to move to New Hampshire, according to the Union Leader.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem, would create a special "destination cancer hospital" classification that would be exempt from the state's review process for new hospitals, among other things. Cancer Treatment Centers of America wants to see the bill pass as it explores establishing a center along Interstate 93 in Southern New Hampshire.
While the bill has the support of the House leadership, the Union Leader said backers were far outnumbered at the hearing by executives, doctors and other officials from the state’s major hospitals, along with their lobbyists.
Garcia and four other New Hampshire lawmakers that Cancer Treatment Centers of America paid around $300 each to fly them to Pennsylvania to tour their facility there.