health care

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

Essential Meaning 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 physical, mental, or emotional well-being especially by trained and licensed professionals usually hyphenated when used attributively health-care providers

Examples of health care in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the role of trust in health care is especially crucial. Jeff Goldsmith, STAT, 14 Jan. 2022 At least seven states introduced anti-trans bills in the first week of the year, including some that would limit trans youths’ access to gender-affirming health care. NBC News, 13 Jan. 2022 The Alabama House Democratic Caucus released its legislative agenda on Wednesday that urges Republicans who enjoy a supermajority status in the Legislature to spend federal relief funds on health care. al, 12 Jan. 2022 The video circulating online was taken in January 2018 – two years before the COVID-19 pandemic – at a World Economic Forum event on the future of health care. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2022 The lawsuit sheds light on many issues that normally remain behind closed doors but could be aired in a courtroom as the two giants fight a legal battle that could affect the delivery of health care in the Hartford region for years to come. Dave Altimari,, 12 Jan. 2022 Siegel said this is because minorities have traditionally had less access to high quality health care and that more effort needs to be placed in providing access to disadvantaged communities. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 12 Jan. 2022 Combat veterans who were discharged in 2003 or later are entitled to five years of free V.A. health care. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2022 Among those measures meant to address an unprecedented omicron wave, the state next week will deploy 125 Oregon National guard members to perform non-medical tasks for health care at the state’s hospitals. oregonlive, 7 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of health care

1940, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2022

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“Health care.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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 noun health-care providershealth-care coverage

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