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Encyclopedia > Health care industry

The health care industry or health profession is considered an industry or profession which includes peoples exercise of skill or judgment or the providing of a service related to the preservation or improvement of the health of individuals or the treatment or care of individuals who are injured, sick, disabled, or infirm. The delivery of modern health care depends on an expanding group of trained professionals coming together as an interdisciplinary team.[1][2] Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A skill is an ability, usually learned and acquired through training, to perform actions which achieve a desired outcome. ... A professional can be either a person in a profession (certain types of skilled work requiring formal training / education) or in sports (a sportsman / sportwoman doing sports for payment). ... Interdisciplinary work is that which integrates concepts across different disciplines. ...




The health care industry is one of the world's largest and fastest-growing industries.[3] Consuming over 10 percent of gross domestic product of most developed nations, health care can form an enormous part of a country's economy. In 2003, health care costs paid to hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, diagnostic laboratories, pharmacies, medical device manufacturers and other components of the health care system, consumed 15.3 percent[4] of the GDP of the United States, the largest of any country in the world. For United States, the health share of gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to hold steady in 2006 before resuming its historical upward trend, reaching 19.6 percent of GDP by 2016. [5] In 2001, for the OECD countries the average was 8.4 percent [6] with the United States (13.9%), Switzerland (10.9%), and Germany (10.7%) being the top three. Nominal GDP per person (capita) in 2006. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the record label, see Hospital Records. ... The Doctor by Luke Fildes This article is about the term physician, one type of doctor; for other uses of the word doctor see Doctor. ... Rest home for seniors in Český Těšín, Czech Republic A nursing home or skilled nursing facility (SNF), also known as a rest home, is a type of care of residents: it is a place of residence for people who require constant nursing care and have significant deficiencies with activities... Diagnosis (from the Greek words dia = by and gnosis = knowledge) is the process of identifying a disease by its signs, symptoms and results of various diagnostic procedures. ... For other uses, see Pharmacy (disambiguation). ... // COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 93/42/EEC of 14 June 1993 concerning medical devices defines a ‘medical device’ as: any instrument, apparatus, appliance, material or other article, whether used alone or in combination, including the software necessary for its proper application intended by the manufacturer to be used for human beings for... The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organization of those developed countries that accept the principles of representative democracy and a free market economy. ...

According to Celent, US healthcare expenditures totaled US$2.2 billion in 2006.[7] According to Health Affairs, USD$7,498 will be spent on every woman, man and child in the United States in 2007, 20 percent of all spending. Costs are projected to increase to $12,782 by 2016.[8] Celent is a research and consulting firm focused on the application of information technology in the global financial services industry. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ...

Providers and professionals

Main article: Health care provider

A health care provider or health professional is an organization or person who delivers proper health care in a systematic way professionally to any individual in need of health care services. A health care provider is anyone who provides health care to another person or persons as a profession. ...

Delivery of services

The healthcare industry includes the delivery of health services by health care providers. Usually such services receive payment from the patient or from the patient's insurance company; although they may be government-financed (such as the National Health Service in the United Kingdom) or delivered by charities or volunteers, particularly in poorer countries. There are many ways of providing healthcare in the modern world. The most common way is face-to-face delivery, where care provider and patient see each other 'in the flesh'. This is what occurs in general medicine in most countries. However, healthcare is not always face-to-face; with modern telecommunications technology, in absentia health care is becoming more common. This could be when practitioner and patient communicate over the phone, video conferencing, the internet, email, text messages, or any other form of non-face-to-face communication. Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... A patient having his blood pressure taken by a doctor. ... Insurance, in law and economics, is a form of risk management primarily used to hedge against the risk of a contingent loss. ... , the information in this article describes the current English public health service. ... // Legal definitions A charity is a trust, company or unincorporated association established for charitable purposes only. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Telecommunication involves the transmission of signals over a distance for the purpose of communication. ... The most common mode of healthcare delivery is through personal, face-to-face contact between a healthcare provider and a beneficiary (patient). ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Categories: Wikipedia cleanup | Groupware | Telecommunications stubs ... E-mail, or email, is short for electronic mail and is a method of composing, sending, and receiving messages over electronic communication systems. ... A received SMS being announced on a Nokia phone. ...

See also

A physician visiting the sick in a hospital. ... medicines, see medication and pharmacology. ...



  1. ^ Princeton University. (2007). health profession. Retrieved June 17, 2007, from http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=health%20profession
  2. ^ United States Department of Labor. (2007, February 27). Health Care Industry Information. Retrieved June 17, 2007, from http://www.doleta.gov/BRG/Indprof/Health.cfm
  3. ^ From the Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation
  4. ^ From Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  5. ^ "The Not So Short Introduction to Health Care in US", by Nainil C. Chheda, published in February 2007, Accessed February 26, 2007.
  6. ^ OECD data
  7. ^ Celent Report: According to figures published by Celent 12 June 2007. See also Healthcare Transactions: What’s in the Forecast for Financial Institutions?.
  8. ^ "Average 2016 health-care bill: $12,782" by Ricardo Alonso-Zalvidar Los Angeles Times February 21, 2007

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Health care is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the economy, with expenditures in 1988 totaling $539.9 billion, or 11.1 percent of GNP, up from 5.3 percent of GNP in 1960.
Health care expenditures as a percent of GNP have grown more rapidly in the United States than in other countries.
The growth in real health care costs per capita, net of economy-wide inflation, can be split into three components: medical price increases (in excess of other prices); increases in volume of services per capita; and increases in intensity of resource use per unit of service.
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Health care workers also are more likely to remain employed in the same occupation, due, in part, to the high level of education and training required for many health occupations.
Industry growth also will occur as a result of the shift from inpatient to less expensive outpatient and home health care because of improvements in diagnostic tests and surgical procedures, along with patientsÂ’ desires to be treated at home.
Health care establishments that must be staffed around the clock to care for patients and handle emergencies often pay premiums for overtime and weekend work, holidays, late shifts, and time spent on call.
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