Frankly I agree on the ranged issue, but thats one of the big bugbears of 3.5 D&D. Nowt much we can do about it. Exactly - you'd think it would, wouldn't you? But ranged attacks can't flank, so it doesn't help at all, alas. The Heal idea is interesting, that skill does sod-all atm, I'll check the SRD and maybe in years to come it could do more.