healthcare health‧care [ˈhelθkeə ǁ -ker] also health care noun [uncountable]
the activity of looking after people's health, considered as an industry:

• An ageing population creates greater expenditure on health care.

• a New York investment banking firm specializing in healthcare companies

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healthcare UK US (also health care) /ˈhelθkeər/ US  /-ker/ noun [U]
the activity or business of providing medical services: »

Many people in the country cannot afford health care.


Large corporations should have some responsibility in providing healthcare, safe working conditions, and an environment of equality.


For many voters, health care reforms are high on the political agenda.

healthcare system/service/sector »

The NHS is a world-leading healthcare system free at the point of need to everyone.


healthcare benefits/costs/expenses




free/private health care

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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