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This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Re "The charity fairy: Charity care won't solve the problem" (Our View, March 13):

Your editorial opposing HB391, the bill that would have banned Utah's participation in the expanded Medicaid program, made some important points about the inadequacy of charity medical care, but didn't go nearly far enough.

What a shame that doctors and hospitals are all that you mentioned. Utahns also need and benefit from care by dentists, optometrists, physical therapists, dietitians, nurse practitioners and mental health professionals. With respect to mental health care, a vast body of research demonstrates that physical and mental health directly affect each other.

Our society has succumbed to the philosophy of materialism. We are obsessed with material objects and physical comforts. In the future, I hope you'll remember that health consists of multiple dimensions (not just our bodies), and that physicians aren't the only ones who provide important health care to Utahns.

Ken Roach Family therapist

Salt Lake City

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