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David Sue February 20, 2008 "Healthcare" is a common household word. It is spoken about over dinner, on the news, and by presidential candidates. Yet what is healthcare, and why is it an important issue? Dictionary.com defines healthcare as "the field concerned with the maintenance or restoration of the heath of the body or mind." While this definition may encompass a broad scope, it still seems inadequate. Healthcare is a compound word, and as such, it should be simplified into its singular words. That being said, healthcare must be the caring for one's health. This new definition may be more specific, but it begs questions about the "one." Who is this "one" that is cared for? For the purpose of this essay, the ambiguous "one" will be confined to patient care within a hospital. That being defined, the word "care" is next. In the healthcare field, "taking care" of someone has become a generic way of saying that one does what is required of them by their hospital regulations. But is that truly caring for them? A synonym for care is the word "concern." Are
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course AHS 101 taught by Professor Dunno during the Spring '08 term at Nassau CC.

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