health care

variants: or healthcare \ ˈhelth-​ˌker How to pronounce healthcare (audio) 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 attributivelyhealth-care providers

Examples of health care in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ballot proposal would expand eligibility under the terms of the 2010 federal health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Summer Ballentine And Jim Salter,, "Government healthcare, race and policing, gun rights: National issues get local spotlight in Missouri today," 4 Aug. 2020 Tennessee’s outbreak began concentrated in large urban areas but has moved into more rural communities with fewer health care resources. USA TODAY, "More recycling, luxury nut surplus, free degree: News from around our 50 states," 4 Aug. 2020 Ortiz-Velez is running on efforts to expand the BadgerCare Plus health care program, create a source of funding for Milwaukee transit and advocate for redistricting reform. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Democrats and two Republicans vie to replace JoCasta Zamarripa in the Assembly," 4 Aug. 2020 Compounding the issue is the fact that Black neighborhoods are also often health care deserts. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "Black mothers face high death rates. Now they have to contend with climate change, too.," 4 Aug. 2020 Asked about the company’s dearth of health care experience, the prisons bureau was unconcerned. Nick Penzenstadler, USA Today, "How a mysterious company tied to ‘Titanic’ villain landed government coronavirus contracts," 4 Aug. 2020 Health officials have repeatedly expressed concern about the potential for hospital beds and health care capacity in Anchorage and statewide to become overwhelmed in just weeks if cases continue at the current rate. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska reports death of Anchorage man with COVID-19, plus 80 new infections statewide," 3 Aug. 2020 The New York Times is investigating the costs associated with testing and treatment for the coronavirus and how the pandemic is changing health care in America. Sarah Kliff, New York Times, "A Hospital Forgot to Bill Her Coronavirus Test. It Cost Her $1,980.," 3 Aug. 2020 Would Stevens’ health care plan eliminate 100,000 doctors and nurses? Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Rep. Haley Stevens comes under attack on health care. We fact-checked the claim.," 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of health care

1940, in the meaning defined above

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7 Aug 2020

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“Health care.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of health care

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

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variants: or 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 Medicare payments for home healthcare will also be reduced by $40 billion over 10 years.— Peter Grier Pregnant health care workers should wash their hands more frequently than usual and be extra-careful when handling infectious objects.— Maria LaPiana often hyphenated when used before another nounhealth-care providershealth-care coverage

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