When a health care provider monitors us, there are four primary vital signs that give them what they need to know about the state of our health: blood pressure, body temperature, breathing and pulse. Together, these can indicate what kind of shape we’re in, and how our body is doing. In a similar way, here on Vital Signs that’s exactly how we look at different health issues affecting us today.
Lately it seems like you can’t turn on your TV, radio or computer without seeing, hearing or reading another debate about health care. But regardless of the politics, the fact remains --- more people than ever are gaining access to health care. Will we have enough health professionals to care for them? And don’t more insured people mean a need for more health providers?
That’s the question we will explore on this edition of Vital Signs.
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Vital Signs II: Breathing Room
We find out how the physicians and medical technicians of tomorrow are being trained.
Vital Signs II: The Pulse
The vital role pharmacists play in patients' health care process.
Vital Signs II: The Temperature
We visited the McAuley Health Center where nurses are delivering the primary care.
Vital Signs II: Under Pressure
The community health center's role in easing pressure on a burdened health system.
Vital Signs - Part 1
Part 1 of Vital Signs investigates health issues facing the residents of Southeastern Michigan.
More Information About Medicaid
Resources to help you learn more about your Medicaid options.
Vital Signs was produced by Detroit Public Television in 2012 and 2014. Brought to you in partnership with the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority and MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.