AS A TEACHER in the city public schools, I earn about $50,000 a year, a decent wage. Joaquín Rivera, the counselor at Olney High who died unattended in Aria Health's Frankford Hospital, earned a similar salary. He worked for the people and touched many lives.

Someone should investigate the compensation of Aria's executives, along with those of other hospitals and health-insurance companies. Any discussion about what is wrong with our health-care system should first focus on money and the obvious greed that pervades this industry.

Greed can be found from rich trial lawyers to overpaid bureaucrats, and has denied affordable access to decent health care. It must end, or any bill to reform health care is nothing more than an expensive fraud.

Ed Myers, Philadelphia