health care

noun

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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But there's one thing that will always be important in health care and that's the human connection with patients. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Nursing legend Barbara Lumpkin dies at 81," 13 July 2018 In Maine, that modest change would make about 70,000 additional poor people eligible for health care. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 Thanks to Senator Donnelly more than 2.7 million Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions still have access to affordable health care. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Worst fears realized in Trump's overseas trip — and it's not over yet," 13 July 2018 Christian Larsen of Aalborg University found that a small majority of Danes thought immigrants should have immediate access to health care and public education; few thought that generosity should extend to unemployment or child benefit. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 Access to health care on the south side looks starkly different from that of other areas in Chicago. City Bureau, Chicago Reader, "These candid photos capture how seniors are growing communities—while growing older—on the south side," 12 July 2018 UT-Austin policy bans handguns from high-risk parts of campus such as laboratories with dangerous chemicals or areas dedicated to health care. Matthew Choi, star-telegram, "Guns chill free speech, UT Austin professors will argue at federal appeals court," 11 July 2018 The words are a stark reminder of what’s at stake for millions of women under a Supreme Court with Kavanaugh, particularly women with the least access to health care and fewest economic resources. Lauren Young, Teen Vogue, "Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Track Record on Gun Control, Reproductive Rights, and More," 10 July 2018 However, the state will have to meet benchmarks of improving access to health care while improving quality and reducing costs. Brian Witte, The Seattle Times, "Maryland governor signs federal all-payer health contract," 9 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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