Profile America — Sunday, 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., the number of people with health insurance coverage increased from 260 million in 2011 to more than 263 million in 2012. That's just under 85 percent of the population. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at <www.census.gov>.
Kane's Famous First Facts, 840