health care

variants: or healthcare \ ˈhelth-​ˌker How to pronounce healthcare (audio) also  ˈheltth-​ \

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 attributivelyhealth-care providers

Examples of health care in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don’t get your health care information from the internet, my doctor always advises. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "In the middle of a virus outbreak, we can't forget to stand up to the plain old flu," 21 Nov. 2020 The students also connected with Taylor's work in the health care field. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Breonna Taylor grand jurors, Louisville medical students discuss case, social justice, duty," 21 Nov. 2020 Once fully operational, the facility will create more than 500 new permanent health care jobs, according to the health system. Naseem S. Miller,, "Orlando Health breaks ground on Jewett Orthopedic Hospital," 20 Nov. 2020 The regulation applies to most public and private sector companies, although California health care workers are already protected under existing rules on diseases spread through the air. Chase Difeliciantonio,, "California requires companies to protect and test workers exposed to the coronavirus in new rule to curb spread," 20 Nov. 2020 The first doses in Utah will go to staff in emergency departments, urgent care facilities, COVID-19 units and long-term care facilities, as well as health care workers with preexisting health conditions, Lakin said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Mobile morgues, garage overflow, copper bottle con: News from around our 50 states," 20 Nov. 2020 Millions of Americans who are working full-time jobs still rely on federal health care and food assistance programs because of low wages, a bipartisan congressional watchdog says. CBS News, "Millions of full-time U.S. workers receive federal health care and food assistance," 20 Nov. 2020 The Social Services Estimating Conference meets quarterly to forecast the numbers of people in Medicaid, a program funded jointly by the state and federal governments that pays the health care costs for poor, elderly and disabled residents. Christine Sexton,, "Medicaid enrollment surging and projected to include 4.6 million Floridians next year," 20 Nov. 2020 The shots must be stored at minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit — far colder than standard cooling systems at health care facilities across much of the country. NBC News, "Pfizer has applied for emergency use for its Covid-19 vaccine," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of health care

1940, in the meaning defined above

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23 Nov 2020

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“Health care.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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: or 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 Medicare payments for home healthcare will also be reduced by $40 billion over 10 years.— Peter Grier Pregnant health care workers should wash their hands more frequently than usual and be extra-careful when handling infectious objects.— Maria LaPiana often hyphenated when used before another nounhealth-care providershealth-care coverage

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