Why health care replaced physician care

Ever wonder what health care really means and why it’s even used? When you’re sick, do you need health care or a doctor? Maybe as physicians, we need to ask the same about the words “health care provider.”

On April 11, 1993, The New York Times editor William Safire commented on the attempt at the time to label physicians as providers:

As a physician, I am somewhat distressed at being called a health care provider,” writes David A. Worth, M.D., P.A., of Union, N.J., “rather than a...

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