Healthcare and Life Sciences
The Healthcare and Social Assistance sector comprises establishments providing health care and social assistance for individuals. The sector includes both health care and social assistance because it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the boundaries of these two activities. The industries in this sector are arranged on a continuum starting with those establishments providing medical care exclusively, continuing with those providing health care and social assistance, and finally finishing with those providing only social assistance. The services provided by establishments in this sector are delivered by trained professionals. All industries in the sector share this commonality of process, namely, labor inputs of health practitioners or social workers with the requisite expertise. Many of the industries in the sector are defined based on the educational degree held by the practitioners included in the industry.

Includes:

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

Offices of Physicians

Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly

Child Day Care Services

Individual and Family Services

Offices of Other Health Practitioners

Home Health Care Services

Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)

Offices of Dentists

Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities

Outpatient Care Centers

Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories

Other Ambulatory Health Care Services

Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals

Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals

Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Other Residential Care Facilities


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