health care

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

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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Three of them—Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren—have recently released ambitious, detailed plans for rural America that include expanded investments in infrastructure, health care and broadband. J.f. | Des Moines, The Economist, "Nearly two dozen presidential candidates descend on Iowa," 9 Aug. 2019 Studies show a stronger primary care system is associated with better population health and slower health care spending growth. Perrie Briskin, Vox, "Why we should let more foreign doctors practice in America," 7 Aug. 2019 Iceland is a country that, at least, allows for universal health care and free higher education at state schools. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, ""Progressive Ideas" in Democratic Debates Aren't All That Progressive," 1 Aug. 2019 The debate began by addressing a major concern for Americans: health care. Wesli Jones, CNN, "Watch the full CNN Democratic debate - Day 2," 1 Aug. 2019 As the health care conversations demonstrated this week, the debates are an important time to tease out the differences among the candidates’ plans. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Americans spend too much money on housing. Why aren’t the candidates talking about it?," 1 Aug. 2019 As the candidates were duking it out over health care and their plans to win the presidency, the Twitterverse was lighting up with this question: Mayor Pete, what's on your forehead? Elissa Robinson, Detroit Free Press, "Elections newsletter: Recapping Tuesday's debate, looking ahead," 31 July 2019 Lauren Caruba covers health care and medicine in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Lauren Caruba,, "Bexar County opioid lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies gets October 2020 trial date," 30 July 2019 What the opioid crisis illustrates is not that there are a few bad apples in the pharmaceutical industry, but that the country’s entire health care system is driven by profit at the expense of public health and safety. Zachary Siegel, The New Republic, "The Opioid Crisis Is About More Than Corporate Greed," 30 July 2019

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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: 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 noun health-care providershealth-care coverage

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