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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)


(Be cautious), verb be cautious, be concerned, bear in mind, beware, consider, curare, give heed to, guard, have regard, heed, look out for, mind, pay attention to, protect, take precautions, watch out for, watch over
Associated concepts: care and caution, care and skill, careful, careless, degree of care, due care, extraordinary care, great care, lack of care, ordinary care, slight care, want of care


(Regard), verb administer to, attend, attend to, be concerned, be concerned for, become involved, bother, foster, mind, minister to, nurture, pay attention to, serve, supervise, support, sustain, tend, watch over
Associated concepts: care and custody, care and mainteeance, custody or control
See also: administration, agency, aid, alimony, apprehension, assistance, auspices, burden, caution, charge, concern, consideration, constraint, control, custody, direction, discretion, fear, generalship, guidance, heed, help, imprisonment, interest, maintenance, management, notice, particularity, patronage, precaution, preservation, problem, protection, prudence, regard, relief, rigor, safekeeping, shelter, supervision, support, surveillance, trust, upkeep, ward, weight
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We want to encourage people to take advantage of the preventive care benefits available in maintaining good health for you and your family.
So many workers rely on their employment-based benefits to stay healthy, and it's important that they be able to fully take advantage of preventive care services.
First, this research offers methodology-related advances to comprehensively explore the dynamic interactions between HMOs' consumer-friendly characteristics and consumers' utilization of preventive care services.
who also noted that it's possible that some preventive care may have been delivered by providers other than the usual source of care.
But it's not plausible to think you can cut healthcare spending through preventive care.
The project will target low-income children enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program, who generally have a high rate of obesity, with a program that combines preventive care doctor visits with changes at schools, day care, community food stores and parks.
Secretary Sebelius' decision to accept the IOM recommendations also will ensure that women have insurance coverage, at no extra cost, for a robust list of preventive health services, including breastfeeding counseling and supplies; screening for gestational diabetes; screening and counseling for intimate partner violence and sexually transmitted infections; and well-woman preventive care visits.
Reform also eliminates out-of-pocket costs for A and B preventive services for enrollees in qualified private health plans (beginning in September), and such plans are also required to provide, with no out-of-pocket costs, recommended immunizations, preventive care for children and adolescents, and additional preventive care and screening for women.
Because of concerns over the limitations of these recommendations, the authors of the preventive health amendment originally included a third category for required, cost-sharing--free coverage: preventive care and screenings for infants, children and adolescents, as delineated in guidelines written by the American Academy of Pediatrics and supported by HRSA.
Some employers make their CDHC offerings as attractive as traditional plans, stacking them with incentives, like first dollar coverage for preventive care, such as yearly physicals, immunizations and mammograms, which do not count against deductibles.
This service is also an excellent manner in which the dental assistant can add value to the dental practice not only via production, but also to the patient as a preventive care option.
Regardless of whether women were symptomatic, the likelihood of testing was elevated if the visit was for preventive care, if the woman was nonwhite and if the woman was younger than 25.

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