Use of the term provider in health care originated in government and insurance sectors to designate health care delivery organizations. In 1965, Medicare began using provider for entities qualifying to receive Medicare reimbursement.1 Over the years, the use of the term has expanded to include an ever-enlarging set of individual health care professionals who qualify for payment, especially those in primary care, in addition to institutions (eg, hospitals, clinics, treatment centers) and third-party payers. As such, the term has become part of everyday language in health care delivery, for example, the popular use of the phrase primary care provider. While convenient and a source of pride for some, such use also poses risk for unintentional and potentially detrimental consequences.2
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The term "provider" is said to have originated in Nazi Germany, where Jewish physicians were "downgraded" to the title of "provider" (1). Is this not true? And if it is, why is it not discussed?
Beasley JW, Roberts RG, Goroll AH. Promoting Trust and Morale by Changing How the Word Provider Is Used: Encouraging Specificity and Transparency. JAMA. 2021;325(23):2343–2344. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.6046
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