U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for February 23: Wise Health Consumer Month
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WISE HEALTH CONSUMER MONTH
Profile America — Tuesday, February 23rd. The nation's first college of pharmacy was founded in Philadelphia on this date in 1821, an appropriate anniversary to note that many health care organizations prescribe February as Wise Health Care Consumer Month. The "Rx" for Americans is to invest at least as much time in researching their health care options as they do for a new television. While prescription medication is one aspect of health care consumption, all levels of services and insurance are the elements of being a wise health care consumer. In the U.S., some 271 million people have health insurance from private, employer or government plans. That's over 86 percent of the population. About 33 million people, or 10.4 percent, are uninsured. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 840
First college of pharmacy/accessed 12/9/2015: http://www.usciences.edu/about/history
Wise Health Consumer Month/accessed 12/9/2015: http://aipm.net/wise/
Health insurance coverage/p. 3 fig. 1: http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2015/demo/p60-253.pdf?cssp=SERP
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau