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What is health care?


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March 21, 2016 4:25AM

The term "health care" refers to a inter-related system of care provided to persons in health or during illness. Health care begins with the family physician. He/she may refer patients to specialists if needed, or directly order further diagnostic testing. "Well Clinics" or Community Health Clinics perform the same functions as a family physician, but clinics can also provide valuable insight into patterns of health or illness seen within the community. Hospitals form just one part of "health care", when a person's condition is acute and needs more intervention than what can be given as an out-patient. Yet, many surgeries or other procedures can be provided as an out-patient, whether at a hospital or separate location. Also, "clinics" of various types provide specific services, such as "pain management clinics" for persons suffering pain conditions. Rehabilitation services also form a needed part of in-patient and out-patient health care services. Respiratory therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy are also important components in health care treatment and recovery. "Mental health parity" strives to provide services for emotional/mental health in a way that is "equal to" physical health care. Thus, "Health care" is a complex system designed to educate, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate before/during/after a mental/emotional or physical health problem.