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Healthcare Org 1, 1.13 (R) [INFO] Topic 1. "Health Care" versus "Healthcare"

Topic 1. Is there a difference between the term “health care” and “healthcare”? Note [FUN]: Links within this section lead to external [FUN] readings not needed for the certificate work. You do not have to visit these external links. Do so only if you have the interest and the time. Note [CERT]: Pay attention to the text in bold. It just may be included on the [CERT] Lesson One Quiz. It depends on whom you ask. Some people say the terms have the same meaning and can be used interchangeably. Some people say the terms have different meanings. Either usage is technically correct. However, generally speaking, in the United States, among medical professionals, the movement is to consider the terms to have different meanings. In this situation: The term “health care” is a noun which refers to the delivery of care. The term “healthcare” is an adjective which describes the organization or professional delivering that care. For example: A hospital is a healthcare organization. A doctor is a healthcare provider. An annual dental checkup is just part of good health care. I went to a healthcare provider in a healthcare organization to receive health care for my broken foot. health care operation

Thoracotomy to remove a cancerous portion of a lung - Image from the United States Navy healthcare organization

Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Image from the Library of Congress



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Topic 1. Is there a difference between the term “health care” and “healthcare”? Note [FUN]: Links within this section lead to external [FUN] readings not needed for the certificate work. You do not have to visit these external links. Do so only if you have the interest and the time. Note [CERT]: Pay attention to the text in bold. It just may be included on the [CERT] Lesson One Quiz. It depends on whom you ask. Some people say the terms have the same meaning and can be used interchangeably. Some people say the terms have different meanings. Either usage is technically correct. However, generally speaking, in the United States, among medical professionals, the movement is to consider the terms to have different meanings. In this situation: The term “health care” is a noun which refers to the delivery of care. The term “healthcare” is an adjective which describes the organization or professional delivering that care. For example: A hospital is a healthcare organization. A doctor is a healthcare provider. An annual dental checkup is just part of good health care. I went to a healthcare provider in a healthcare organization to receive health care for my broken foot. health care operation

Thoracotomy to remove a cancerous portion of a lung - Image from the United States Navy healthcare organization

Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Image from the Library of Congress


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