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Glossary


DAY CARE
Day care comprises medical and paramedical services delivered to patients that are formally admitted for diagnosis, treatment or other types of health care with the intention of discharging the patient on the same day. An episode of care for a patient who is admitted as a day care patient and subsequently stays overnight is classified as an overnight stay or other in-patient case. Services for non-admitted patients that are extended to formal admission for day care are considered as day care. A day patient (or “same-day patient”) is usually admitted and then discharged after staying between 3 and 8 hours on the same day. Day care is usually performed in institutions or wards specialised for this kind of care (for example elective surgery). [Source: OECD. A System of Health Accounts]
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