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health service Line breaks: health ser|vice

Definition of health service in English:


1A public service providing medical care: federal health policies should ensure the provision of adequate health services
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  • After all it is more economically sound to keep a public health service and it is much better for all concerned.
  • As recently as three years ago some politicians could talk about the NHS as the finest health service in the world.
  • Irish residents can use the card to get treatment in the public health service of any EU country.
1.1 (the health service) British short for National Health Service.
Example sentences
  • Would these not be better spent on our universities, our health service and other public services?
  • Few GPs seem impressed by the government's plans for the future of the health service.
  • She did, however, pioneer family planning services in the early years of the health service.

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