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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 company also provides health care to a correctional center in Milan, New Mexico, where AP reported that a 31-year-old father separated from his child was being housed. Washington Post, "AP FACT CHECK: No proof Rauner profits off family separation," 12 July 2018 The planned collaboration could also lead to other agreements in which Advocate Aurora Health would provide health care to Foxconn’s future employees and their family members. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Advocate Aurora Health and Foxconn plan to collaborate on developing new technology for health care," 12 July 2018 About one in three Democratic senators and more than half of Democratic representatives support single-payer health care. Sally C. Pipes, Fortune, "Why Does the Left Want Universal Health Care? Britain’s Is on Its Deathbed," 10 July 2018 Inner-city communities with the greatest need for economic development, jobs, good schools, affordable health care and quality housing are left behind. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 There’s really a public health interest in making sure people can get adequate health care. Angela Chen, The Verge, "A law professor explains why Walgreens can deny birth control prescriptions — and how policies might change," 26 June 2018 Instead, her job requires long hours interacting with her laptop, the electronic medical record and the other administrative logistics that characterize our health care system. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burnout reflects a conflict between our inner calling and what we have to do," 13 July 2018 Since moving to Illinois 13 months ago, finding a health care provider who would take on his case proved difficult, his wife said. Janelle Walker, Elgin Courier-News, "Family of man who shot 3 officers in South Elgin standoff says he was distraught with health, financial woes," 10 July 2018 Because that change focused on hospitals only, the federal government required the state to develop a new model that would provide comprehensive coordination across the entire health care system. 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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English Language Learners Definition of health care

: the prevention or treatment of illness by doctors, dentists, psychologists, etc.

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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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