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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The federal government shut down for nearly three weeks back in 2013, as Republicans tried to force Obama to defund his own health care law — a shutdown that took a real material toll on the economy. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why the blame game over the government shutdown is pointless," 21 Dec. 2018 The Obama-era health care law faces a fresh legal challenge aimed at unraveling the measure's protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, and that case could soon land before the high court. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "How unsolicited text messages were sent to Hoosiers to put pressure on Sen. Joe Donnelly," 13 July 2018 The latest administration action could disrupt the Affordable Care Act, the health care law that has withstood President Donald Trump’s efforts to repeal it completely. NBC News, "Trump administration takes another swipe at Obamacare," 9 July 2018 The latest administration action could disrupt the Affordable Care Act, the health care law that has withstood President Donald Trump’s efforts to completely repeal it. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump administration takes another swipe at ‘Obamacare’," 8 July 2018 Every employer is in the health care business, like it or not. Jeffrey Pfeffer, WSJ, "The Hidden Costs of Stressed-Out Workers," 28 Feb. 2019 President Obama’s health care law experienced miserable polling numbers in the initial years after its 2010 passage, with more people disapproving of the Affordable Care Act than approving of it, according to the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion," 13 July 2018 Suppose a veteran is trying to get her health care benefits. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Matt Cutts of the U.S. Digital Service on Recode Decode," 12 July 2018 The charges announced Friday morning by U.S. Attorney Matt Krueger and others in Milwaukee were part of what U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the biggest health care fraud enforcement in history. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Owner of a Wauwatosa pain clinic is charged as part of a nationwide opioids crackdown," 29 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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