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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Two hospitals closed, eliminating another 200 jobs and making the county a health care desert. Mark Dent, WIRED, "The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost," 11 July 2019 This organization facilitates foodshare and health care applications and employees also receive annual civil rights training to ensure recipients' rights are not being violated. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reentry to the community after incarceration can be hard. Home to Stay fairs can help.," 11 July 2019 Beaumont is Michigan's largest health care system, and oversees eight Michigan hospitals with 3,429 beds. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Nurses allege Beaumont Hospital is interfering with their efforts to unionize," 11 July 2019 The country's universal health care system has been under pressure due to funding shortages and uncertainty caused by Brexit. Michael Scaturro, CNN, "Amazon's Alexa will now give Brits health advice," 10 July 2019 If the lower court ruling is ultimately upheld, the case, Texas v. United States, has the potential to shake the nation’s entire health care system to its core. Julie Rovner, Scientific American, "Federal Appeals Court Takes Up Case That Threatens Affordable Care Act," 9 July 2019 As the health care landscape has become more difficult, community hospitals have struggled to remain independent. Ginger Christ,, "Summa Health to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Beaumont Health," 9 July 2019 Bottinelli was put behind bars for stealing $3 million from clients of his health care funds management company, including some who were elderly and disabled, to pay for a lavish lifestyle of hotels, golf and fine restaurants. Michael Russell,, "Botto’s BBQ is back and smoking in Northwest Portland," 24 June 2019 Job news: Louisville health care company to establish Indiana operations, create up to 850 jobs Vera Bradley also is reserving the right to acquire the remaining 25% stake in the company five years post-closing. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Vera Bradley acquiring majority stake in California bracelet company," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of health care

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 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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