A look back at our most impactful Michigan health coverage in 2019

There is no lack of testimonials about the health benefits of CBD for humans and pets. But research into risks and actual benefits is scant. (Bridge photo by Robin Erb)

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A woman, a tick, and the fight in Michigan over Lyme disease
The complicated treatment, and politics, of chronic Lyme disease legislation

Mentally ill suspects get help in Miami, jail in Michigan. Guess which works
A groundbreaking initiative in Miami-Dade County, Fla., has sharply reduced the county’s jail population while offering treatment options for the mentally ill, a result that could help thousands of troubled Michiganders and save millions in taxpayer funds. 

Rural hospitals in Michigan face a dilemma: Merge or not?
Budget-challenging programs such as obstetrics are being cut across rural Michigan, as small-town hospitals face tough economic headwinds from dwindling patient numbers, an aging population and competition from larger systems. The solution increasingly is mergers, but are the sacrifices worth the savings? 

Delays, confusion as Michigan preps for new Medicaid work rules
State health workers are working feverishly to educate Michigan Medicaid recipients about new work eligibility rules that take effect in 2020. 

The ABCs of CBD: What you should know before buying in Michigan
CBD oils, creams and candies are becoming ubiquitous, promising everything from stress relief to treatment for chronic pain. Bridge separates fact from the marketing hype. 

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Sun, 01/05/2020 - 4:01pm

Bridge seems to prove the rule; you only see what you are looking for. The Bridge articles seem to focus on limitations and frustrations in Michigan health care, that is disappointing, for each time I have an interaction with Michigan medical care it has been successful. And when I reflect on my recent or long past memories with Michigan medical care it is better than ever before. Whether it is medical treatment, medication, devices, the knowledge and skills of those working to provide improving care, drugs treating conditions that can't be treated in other ways, including the equipment developed for helping both patients and health care professionals to improve care. Time and again I read in Bridge about their disappointment in Michigan health and medical care and never about success, nothing about hope, and ignoring so many who work day in and day out proving better medical care in Michigan.
Does Bridge even have an idea what health success looks like, do they ever look for success, do they have an idea of why finding and reporting success is vital for people in Michigan?