Simple Definition of health care
: the prevention or treatment of illness by doctors, dentists, psychologists, etc.
Full Definition of health care
: efforts made to maintain or restore health especially by trained and licensed professionals —usually hyphenated when used attributively
First Known Use of health care
Medical Definition of health care
: the maintaining and restoration of health by the treatment and prevention of disease especially by trained and licensed professionals (as in medicine, dentistry, clinical psychology, and public health) <We developed penicillin, heart surgery and transplants, among many other breakthroughs that have transformed health care.—Thomas Fishbein, The Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2008> <Medicare payments for home healthcare will also be reduced by $40 billion over 10 years.—Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Apr. 2010> <Pregnant health care workers should wash their hands more frequently than usual and be extra-careful when handling infectious objects.—Maria LaPiana, The Sacramento Bee, 11 Oct. 1997>—often hyphenated when used before another noun <Although referred to as a health-care system, the United States actually delivers health care through a vast patchwork of public, for-profit and not-for-profit clinics; small community hospitals; large teaching and research institutions; health maintenance organizations; and thousands of doctors in private practice whose medical services are built around entrepreneurial enterprises.—Delthia Ricks, Ms. Magazine, Spring 2009>
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