health care

WEMU News
4:33 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Botswana's Ambassador To The U.S. Talks Health Care At St. Joe's

Her Excellency Tebelelo Seretse, the Republic of Botswana's ambassador to the U.S., speaks with staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor.
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There are plenty of ways the health care system in the African nation of Botswana appears to be doing a better job than the U.S. health care system, but both countries can also learn from each other.

That's the assessment from her Excellency Tebelelo Seretse, Botswana's ambassador to the U.S., who spoke with staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor Monday afternoon. 

The ambassador says it can take a person in Washington D.C. two weeks to get an appointment with a private physician.

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Michigan News
8:02 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Michigan's Expanded Medicaid Program Now Enrolling

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Michigan's expanded Medicaid program starts today
By Jake Neher

Michigan's Medicaid expansion is officially up and running. That means hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders are now eligible for government-sponsored health care.

People making 133% of the federal poverty level or less are now eligible for the program, which is part of the federal Affordable Care Act. That's about $15,000 dollars or less a year for an individual and about $32,000 or less for a family of four.

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Michigan News
2:11 am
Wed March 12, 2014

More Michigan Residents Sign Up For Health Plans

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About 145,000 Michigan residents have selected private insurance plans under the federal health care law. Updated figures released Tuesday by the Health and Human Services Department show about 314,000 people in the state have completed an application and are eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan.

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WEMU News
7:30 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

U-of-M Study Finds Cost of Care Related to Quality of Care

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University of Michigan researchers have found that the cost of treating children with congenital heart defects varies greatly across U-S Hospitals. Sara K. Pasquali is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan.

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Healthcare
4:01 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Video Content Makes a Difference on Health Care Websites

A new Michigan State University study found that website videos are more effective at delivering public health messages than using text alone.

The study created two websites designed to teach mothers with young daughters about breast cancer. One contained only text, while the other included short video clips.

Evan Perrault works for MSU's Communications Department. He says there was a clear difference in results between the two sites.

He says those who viewed the website that included videos performed one more risk protection behavior than those who visited the plain text site.

Perrault says MSU has been looking for the best way to inform the general public about their scientific discoveries, and is likely to conduct further research to expand upon this study's findings.

The study, “Testing the Effects of the Addition of Videos to a Website Promoting Environmental Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Practices: Are Videos Worth It?” was published online today in the National Communication Association's Journal of Applied Communication Research.

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Health
10:49 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Flu Outbreak Prompts Some Hospitals to Restrict Visitors

This winter's flu outbreak has prompted three Grand Rapids hospitals to ask visitors who are sick to go home and come back when they're well.  There are no such restrictions in place locally so far.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Hospitals
9:51 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Nervous System Diseases are the Focus of New UofM Health Initiative

The University of Michigan health system plans a 163-million dollar project for new facility.

Health Care
9:46 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Healthcare Help for Ypsilanti

Residents of Ypsilanti's "gateway community" should find it easier to gain access to healthcare options through a new program.