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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 lessons of Bill Clinton’s victory in 1992 and the backlash against Barack Obama’s attempts to fix health care seemed to be that the country is as hostile to big government as ever. The Economist, "Fork in the roadShould the party move to the left or to the centre?," 12 July 2018 Hospitals around the nation are increasing focus on customer service because health care is becoming more consumer-based and part of their reimbursements are now tied to patient satisfaction scores. Naseem S. Miller,, "Orlando Health creates new "Customer Experience" position," 11 July 2018 Both candidates support sanctuary cities, believe health care is a right, not a privilege, and are opposed to vouchers that parents can use to send their children to private schools. Daniela Altimari,, "In The 5th District Democratic Primary, Accord On The Issues But Differences In Style," 8 July 2018 For retirees, Spokane County’s reputation as a regional hub for hospitals and health care is part of the draw, Forsyth added. Becky Kramer, The Seattle Times, "Spokane County’s population passes 500,000 mark after strong job growth," 5 July 2018 But the idea that health care could be -- and pre-existing condition protection could be in jeopardy. Fox News, "John Bolton previews the Trump-Putin summit; Leonard Leo on frontrunners to replace Justice Kennedy," 1 July 2018 For Democrats, health care is a way to both energize their most ardent supporters and connect with skeptical voters in purple and red states where the party has struggled. Joshua Green,, "The Dems Take Obamacare on the Road," 25 June 2018 Human Rights Watch has also stated that poor health care at immigration detention facilities is responsible for severe suffering, and sometimes the preventable death, of the people being housed there. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Detained immigrant comes down with chickenpox days after prison staff said there weren’t enough doctors," 20 June 2018 An outcome in which the debt limit was raised and Republicans got concessions on spending, taxes, health care, or something else was one all Republicans would like. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Trump Is Using Hostage Tactics on Family Separation," 18 June 2018

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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: 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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