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Health Care Costs MeSH Descriptor Data 2023

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Health Care Costs
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actual cost of providing care: do not confuse with HEALTH EXPENDITURES (the amount paid for the service) or with FEES AND CHARGES (the amount charged regardless of cost); do not confuse with COST OF ILLNESS which is a personal cost (psychol, social, etc.) as well as a monetary cost for services
Scope Note
The actual costs of providing services related to the delivery of health care, including the costs of procedures, therapies, and medications. It is differentiated from HEALTH EXPENDITURES, which refers to the amount of money paid for the services, and from fees, which refers to the amount charged, regardless of cost.
Entry Term(s)
Costs, Medical Care
Health Costs
Healthcare Costs
Medical Care Costs
Treatment Costs
Previous Indexing
Costs and Cost Analysis (1966-1991)
Health Expenditures (1968-1991)
See Also
Health Expenditures
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Health Care Costs Preferred
Medical Care Costs Narrower
Treatment Costs Narrower
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