health care

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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Contraceptive care is not an insignificant or minor component to women’s health care. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here's What a 'Domestic Gag Rule' on Abortion Would Actually Mean for All of Us," 22 Feb. 2019 According to these reports, health care is detainees’ most common complaint, and the collection of stories appears to illustrate a deep-rooted and persistent culture of insufficient medical attention in some facilities. Elaine Murphy, Teen Vogue, "What Really Happens Inside American Immigration Facilities and Detention Centers," 14 Jan. 2019 This is what happens when health care fades from the headlines, when the federal government pulls its resources, and nobody steps in — media or celebrity — to educate the public. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Obamacare enrollment is almost over and sign-ups are lagging," 12 Dec. 2018 Ryan has situated his views on health care as part of a larger thrust of his campaign: rebuilding the middle class. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Said She Hates Donald Trump and Might Support Bernie Sanders in 2020," 16 Apr. 2019 Like many such stories today’s dispatch in the Guardian mentions the vibrant music scene, which goes way beyond the country acts that made the city famous, as well as the growth of various industries from health care to technology. James Freeman, WSJ, "Secrets of Nashville’s Success," 16 Apr. 2019 The proceeds from this fee, which will amount to about $380,000 a year, would then go towards education and health care programs in Louisiana and Maryland, where according to the Times, many of the 4,000 known living descendants of the slaves live. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Georgetown Students Vote to Pay Reparations to Aid Descendants of Enslaved People Sold by the University," 12 Apr. 2019 Socialism is in the air—a green, wired, mindful, glossy-lipped movement that’s going to usher in free college, free health care and heavily followed Instagram accounts for all. Karl Zinsmeister, WSJ, "If You Like Socialism, You’ll Love the VA," 2 Apr. 2019 Women were leading this fight because of what was at stake: our ability to control our bodies, health care, the rights of immigrant families, LGBQT families. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher Open Up About Confronting Jeff Flake in the Elevator," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of health care

1940, in the meaning defined above

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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 noun health-care providershealth-care coverage

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