"Media reports say that 20 million Americans will lose their “health care” under the Republican plan to replace ObamaCare, as if health care is like a cellphone, wallet, or item of clothing unintentionally left somewhere or stolen by someone.
Such confusion about “health care” stems from the misuse of the term
itself. In common usage, the term “health care” is used as a synonym for
“medical care” and “medical insurance,” although these terms have
widely different meanings. This is more than an issue of semantics.
There are serious policy implications of using the wrong words, and the
misuse reflects an entitled attitude among the populace and lazy
thinking by the media, academia, and politicians.
Health care means taking care of one’s health. It’s
what one does to stay healthy—namely, to have a heathy diet, exercise,
not abuse alcohol or drugs, and avoid risky behaviors.
Medical care or treatment is what you seek from medical professionals when you have a medical problem and aren’t in good health.
Medical insurance is what you obtain to protect
yourself financially from a catastrophic illness or injury requiring
expensive medical treatment. In insurance terms, you pool the risk with
- Stop Misusing the Term "Health Care", FEE, 03/16/2017
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