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
First Known Use of health care
HEALTH CARE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of health care for English Language Learners
: the prevention or treatment of illness by doctors, dentists, psychologists, etc.
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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