health care or health·care (hĕlthkâr′)
The prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by the medical and allied health professions.
adj. or health-care (hĕlthkâr′)
Of or relating to health care: the health care industry.
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