Friday, September 4, 2009

USCCB Health Care Facts

Did you know that there are 624 Catholic hospitals in the United States?

"The Catholic Church is one of the largest health care providers in the United States. It's therefore a credible voice and a significant player in the debate surrounding health care reform and the many Americans who will be affected by it ."

The U.S. Catholic Bishops have compiled some need to know numbers on their Health Care Reform Facts and Statistics page. Anyone who engages in public debate on the topic of health care would benefit greatly from a quick visit to this site.

To put the number 624 into perspective, A quick google search for hospitals in the U.S. found a 2004 U.S. Census Bureau number of 4,419 community hospitals. So Catholic hospitals make up about 14% of the total number. If you have better numbers, please post a comment.

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