health care

noun
variants: or healthcare \ ˈhelth-​ˌker also  ˈheltth-​ \

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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Trump certainly has far better doctors and access to health care than many people. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Will Actually Happen to Trump?," 19 Dec. 2018 This new leadership will stand up to those who try to take away our freedoms, like freedom of the press and the right to choose and the right to affordable health care. Marie Claire, "One Week Post-Midterms Here's What We Know," 13 Nov. 2018 This applies to individual health care providers, who under federal law have to go through special courses to prescribe buprenorphine. German Lopez, Vox, "The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic," 26 Dec. 2018 If, for example, your loved one is gradually forgetting more words and places or has increasingly poor judgment, these would be things to document and bring to the attention of the person’s health care provider. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "How to Provide Quality Care for Someone You Love With Alzheimer’s," 4 Dec. 2018 Instead, at least 200 forensic rape examinations conducted by the health care providers were billed to patients or their insurance companies. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Hospitals Billed Sexual Assault Survivors for Rape Kits. Now They're Paying the Price.," 29 Nov. 2018 Among her priorities: quality affordable health care, lower prescription drug prices, diversifying the economy, and public safety. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 The union said the steelmaker is also seeking concessions in active and retiree health care, incentive and vacation pay, family and medical leave, contracting out jobs, seniority and scheduling. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "NW Indiana steel contract talks start with sides far apart," 13 July 2018 The CVS Health Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the retailer, is also giving a $850,000 grant to Total Health Care, a nonprofit chain of community health care centers that provides substance abuse services. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "CVS to place opioid disposal containers in its stores," 12 July 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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