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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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2000) find that increases in Medicaid and Medicare payment generosity increased the amount of uncompensated care provided by nonprofit hospitals.
Private practices declining to provide uncompensated care.
They have heard from hospitals--large and small, urban and rural--all struggling under the weight of uncompensated care provided to the uninsured.
health system, the uninsured often rely on hospitals to provide charity care, or more broadly defined, uncompensated care (Bazzoli et al.
Community-based providers cover almost 42 percent of the uncompensated care provided by hospitals (Hadley, 2008).
ObamaCare's defenders say this national problem justifies a national solution; hence the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires nearly everyone to enter the insurance market, thus eliminating the problem of uncompensated care (in theory, at least).
family spent an extra $1,017 on health care last year to help cover uncompensated care provided to the uninsured, according to a report from Families USA.
Uncompensated care was up 8% from July to September 2008 versus the same period in 2007.
The association calculated that last year, when the program got under way in earnest, the cost of uncompensated care statewide dropped 2.
4 million per year, hospital executives typically are working harder on other issues, including quality improvement, reimbursement problems and uncompensated care, a new study shows.
First, the Uncompensated Care Pool--a unique, progressive Massachusetts financing mechanism to pay safety net providers directly to care for the uninsured--has been diverted to the private insurance industry.