Education, Tip of the Week

Health Care vs Healthcare

Working in the industry we constantly come across people that do not know when to use Health Care versus Healthcare. We thought that we’d take a moment to help everyone out, and explain the common definition and use of each version. Yes, they do have different meanings.

health care (noun)

Definition: a set of actions by a person or persons to maintain or improve the health of a patient/customer

Examples:

  • I have developed a plan for my patient’s health care.
  • A considerable emphasis on preventive health care by patients and providers will improve health outcomes and quality of life.

Special case: hyphenated adjectival form of “health care”

  • Health-care services have become more expensive and innumerable over the last 20 years.
  • The health-care needs of the patients in this hospital wing are greater than the needs of the average patient.

healthcare (noun or adjective)

Definition: a system, industry, or field that facilitates the logistics and delivery of health care for patients/consumers

Examples:

  • Noun
    • I hope to work in the healthcare field one day.
    • Healthcare’s number and diversity of providers skyrocketed over the course of the twentieth century.
    • Modern healthcare requires both skilled clinicians and perceptive business professionals to be successful and competent.
  • Adjective
    • The healthcare IT industry has been booming as a result of the strong demand for population analytics and effective electronic health record (EHR) systems.
    • Healthcare reform has been a tough but important process to address many of the systematic failures of the healthcare system.

Many former Wall Street professionals are moving into healthcare finance as a result of the industry’s massive growth.

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