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Congressman Kind concerned about health costs, could support tort reform


PLOVER, WI (WSAU) -  Wisconsin’s 3rd District Congressman believes we need to make some changes in health care across America. Ron Kind believes several medical organizations in Wisconsin are setting good examples for how to be more efficient and effective while saving money.

Kind believes we have to change the way we pay for health care so it’s based on the quality of care given and not the volume of services provided.  "A recent study just showed that we spent over 750 billion dollars last year within the entire health care system on things that don't work.  They don't improve patient care, so if we're ever going to get a grip on our budget deficits and getting our budgets under control, whether it's in Washington or Madison or back home here locally, rising health care cost is a big part of the answer."

The La Crosse Democrat believes we need to move away from the pressure to provide every possible test and procedure and focus on delivering what is right for the patient. With that in mind, he would support some form of tort reform.  "Yea, I think so. If we're going to be asking doctors to practice best medicine or protocols of care and established checklists based on what we know works and what doesn't work, then they should be given greater safe havens for doing exactly that so they don't have to order the extra tests or practice defensive medicine.”

Kind has become very involved in health care issues. He was recently named to the Rural Health Care Coalition, and he just introduced a bill to repeal the taxes on medical devices saying it hurts small manufacturers and affects patient access to lifesaving equipment.