health care

noun
variants: or healthcare \ ˈhelth-​ˌker also  ˈheltth-​ How to pronounce healthcare (audio) \

Definition of health care

: efforts made to maintain or restore physical, mental, or emotional well-being especially by trained and licensed professionals usually hyphenated when used attributively health-care providers

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Can trans and gender diverse people find allies in health care? Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "What Trying to Access Health Care is Like for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People," 24 Oct. 2018 That money could be reinvested the way the Europeans do it: in health care for all, subsidized childcare, free higher education, and other things that would make Americans’ lives better. Lindsay Koshgarian, Fortune, "Trump’s Complaints About NATO Defense Spending Don’t Add Up," 12 July 2018 One application might be in health care, particularly for the elderly. The Economist, "The way people walk can be used for ID and health checks," 12 July 2018 With our burgeoning burnout culture and the alarming rise of chronic conditions, the collective desire for a more holistic approach to health care has reached a crescendo. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Inside the New York Wellness Space That Could Be the Future of Primary Care," 30 Jan. 2019 Another alert, published in September 2018, raised alarm about the state of health care in detention after the OIG found nooses made from bed sheets in detainees’ cells. Elaine Murphy, Teen Vogue, "What Really Happens Inside American Immigration Facilities and Detention Centers," 14 Jan. 2019 Some of the evil plots, like extortionary health care, are things many of us have to deal with directly on a day-to-day basis, no fantasy allegories required. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "In Octopath Traveler, jobs define more than just gameplay mechanics," 22 Aug. 2018 Two organizations, neither of which are affiliated with Pureval's campaign, have been targeting Chabot on health care. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: Aftab Pureval builds war chest as outside groups spend big money attacking Chabot," 3 July 2018 The Defense Department has devoted greater resources to behavioral health care over the past decade. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "A plan to help veterans from 'the first minute' they leave the service," 27 June 2018

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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health care

noun

English Language Learners Definition of health care

: the prevention or treatment of illness by doctors, dentists, psychologists, etc.

health care

noun
variants: also healthcare

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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