Sen. Knudson: tort reform the answer to health care reform

State Senator Peter Knudson, R-Brigham City, has made it official: he is seeking re-election this year. Knudson’s District 17 covers Box Elder County, a small part of Cache County and a portion of Tooele County. Sen. Knudson now serves as Assistant Whip in the legislature and Knudson is a former vice chairman of the Executive Appropriations Committee.The Brigham City orthodontist says he is proud to be part of proposed legislation dealing with tort reform. “As we look at health care reform we focus on areas that seem to be driving the cost of health care,” Knudson says. “And one of those areas is the area of litigation where enormous awards are given and, ultimately, the bottom line is the cost of health care goes up because physicians have to carry higher and higher limits of insurance.”Knudson says there will be a focus on emergency room physicians and it is expected to have a lot of exposure. He says tort reform is badly needed because the costs of litigation are just passed on to patients.

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