Crisis in health care

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In "The health care crisis no one will talk about" (Opinion, April 6), Ronald Weiss makes a great point that available technology too often is not used to diagnose or intervene at a time that would be most cost effective to manage disease.

Why? Is it a training or economic issue? Or both?

As one who has fallen out of "group" insurance coverage, my family needs to cover the full cost of these tests until we have reached our catastrophic deductible limit, a problem faced by millions of Americans. So we opt to only go to the doctor for catastrophic reasons.

Not the best way to manage manageable situations, but this is the state of health care in the United States — and in Utah. This is the fallout from the unwillingness of our governmental leaders and the third-party payor system to change to meet the needs of all Americans.

When so many are making such large profits from today's health care delivery system, I don't see real change coming.

Thanks, Ronald Weiss, for articulating this issue. I hope it gets leaders in health care and government to tackle this problem with urgency.

Michael Feldman

Salt Lake City