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A healthcare facility. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: health
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Documented values: 31
Useful combination
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Status: approvedPage for proposal

The key healthcare=* is used to map a facility that provides healthcare (part of the healthcare sector).

Many other healthcare facilities are tagged with amenity=*, and some are tagged with emergency=* or shop=*.

See Healthcare for a full list of healthcare facility tags.

How to map

Create a node in the centre of the feature and tag it with healthcare=*. Or map an outline of this feature and add healthcare=* to that area. healthcare=* is also commonly added to building=* areas.

Add a healthcare:speciality=* as appropriate.


Value Description
healthcare=alternative Someone practising  alternative or complementary medicine but is not a  medical practitioner or a place where alternative or complementary medicine is practised that does not fit into the other categories
healthcare=audiologist  Audiologist; if linked with a shop please use shop=hearing_aids instead
healthcare=birthing_centre A non-clinical  birthing centre operated by midwives.
healthcare=blood_bank  Blood bank
healthcare=blood_donation A facility where you can donate blood, plasma and/or platelets, and possibly have stem cell samples taken.
healthcare=centre Healthcare facility with unspecified characteristics. Its usage without further specifications is discouraged.
healthcare=clinic May be used in addition to amenity=clinic.
healthcare=community_health_worker A place where a  community_health_worker serves as the main health care provider.
healthcare=counselling Healthcare counselling, e.g. an addiction centre, a nutritionist, or a sex therapist. Also see healthcare=nutrition_counselling
healthcare=dentist May be used in addition to amenity=dentist.
healthcare=dialysis A clinic for day patients to get a haemodialysis  Dialysis
healthcare=doctor May be used in addition to amenity=doctors.
healthcare=hospice A Hospice which provides palliative care to terminal ill people and support to their relatives.
healthcare=hospital May be used in addition to amenity=hospital.
healthcare=laboratory Medical laboratory also called (analytical, diagnostic) is a place that analyzes body fluids such as blood, urine, faeces etc. Often blood and other samples are collected here as well.
healthcare=midwife A  Midwife, a health professional who cares for mothers and newborns around childbirth.
healthcare=nurse  Nursing. A facility where some nurses may receive their patients.
healthcare=occupational_therapist Someone who practices  occupational therapy but is not a  medical practitioner.
healthcare=optometrist  Optometrist; If linked with a shop please use shop=optician instead.
healthcare=pharmacy May be used in addition to amenity=pharmacy.
healthcare=physiotherapist Someone who practices  physical therapy (also known as  kinesiotherapy in some countries) but is not a  physician.
healthcare=podiatrist Someone who practices  podiatry but is not a Physician on Wikipedia.
healthcare=psychotherapist Someone who practices  psychotherapy but is not a Physician on Wikipedia.
healthcare=rehabilitation  Medical rehabilitation facility; should not be used for a wellness clinic or hotel.
healthcare=sample_collection Site or dedicated healthcare facility where samples of blood/urine/etc are obtained or collected for purpose of analyzing them for healthcare diagnostics
healthcare=speech_therapist Someone who practices  speech and language therapy.
healthcare=vaccination_centre a healthcare facility specifically dedicated to administering vaccinations to individuals, to provide immunisation against infectious diseases.
healthcare=yes General healthcare facility. Used only if specifics are unknown. If this value is used, it is recommended to include some details with the description=* or fixme=* key.


healthcare:speciality=* as defined below.

The speciality of a  medical practitioner (informal the doctor) or a medical facility can be tagged using the key healthcare:speciality=*.

The following table shows values which could be used in connection with this key. The table was derived from the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament on the recognition of professional qualifications [1] with additions from Wikipedia.

If a medical practitioner or a medical facility covers several specializations, they could be separated by a semicolon (';') e.g. healthcare:speciality=radiology;radiotherapy

Specialities of medical practitioners

healthcare:speciality=* Description (Wikipedia) United Kingdom United States
healthcare:speciality=allergology Allergology Allergology Allergy & Asthma
healthcare:speciality=anaesthetics Anaesthetics Anaesthetics Anesthesiology
healthcare:speciality=cardiology Cardiology Cardiology Cardiology
healthcare:speciality=cardiothoracic_surgery Cardiothoracic surgery Cardiothoracic surgery Cardiothoracic surgery
healthcare:speciality=child_psychiatry Child psychiatry Child and adolescent psychiatry Child and adolescent psychiatry
healthcare:speciality=community Community medicine / public health Public health medicine Community and public health
healthcare:speciality=dermatology Dermatology Dermatology Dermatology
healthcare:speciality=dermatovenereology Dermato-venereology
healthcare:speciality=diagnostic_radiology Diagnostic radiology Clinical radiology Diagnostic radiology / medical imaging
healthcare:speciality=emergency Accident and emergency medicine Accident and emergency medicine Emergency medicine
healthcare:speciality=endocrinology Endocrinology Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus
healthcare:speciality=gastroenterology Gastroenterology Gastroenterology Gastroenterology
healthcare:speciality=general general practitioner or general hospital
healthcare:speciality=geriatrics Geriatrics Geriatrics Geriatric medicine
healthcare:speciality=gynaecology Obstetrics and gynaecology Obstetrics and gynaecology Obstetrics and gynecology (ob/gyn)
healthcare:speciality=haematology Haematology Haematology Hematology (heme/onc)
healthcare:speciality=hepatology Hepatology Hepatology Hepatology (liver)
healthcare:speciality=infectious_diseases Infectious disease / communicable diseases Infectious diseases Infectious disease (ID)
healthcare:speciality=intensive Intensive-care medicine Intensive Care
healthcare:speciality=internal General (internal) medicine General(internal)medicine Internal medicine (internist)
healthcare:speciality=dental_oral_maxillo_facial_surgery Oral and maxillofacial surgery Oral & maxillofacial surgery Oral & maxillofacial surgery
healthcare:speciality=neonatology Neonatology Pediatric branch for the newborn Neonatology
healthcare:speciality=nephrology Nephrology Renal medicine Nephrology
healthcare:speciality=neurology Neurology Neurology Neurology
healthcare:speciality=neuropsychiatry Neuropsychiatry
healthcare:speciality=neurosurgery Neurosurgery Neurosurgery Neurosurgery
healthcare:speciality=nuclear Nuclear medicine Nuclear medicine Not a clinical speciality
healthcare:speciality=occupational Occupational medicine Occupational medicine Occupational medicine
healthcare:speciality=oncology Oncology Oncology Oncology (heme/onc)
healthcare:speciality=ophthalmology Ophthalmology (vision/eye disorder) Ophthalmology Ophthalmology
healthcare:speciality=orthodontics Orthodontics (teeth alignment) Orthodontics Orthodontics
healthcare:speciality=orthopaedics Orthopaedics Trauma and orthopaedic surgery Orthopedic surgery (ortho)
healthcare:speciality=otolaryngology Otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose, throat disorder) Otolaryngology ENT (ear, nose and throat)
healthcare:speciality=paediatric_surgery Paediatric surgery Paediatric surgery Pediatric surgery
healthcare:speciality=paediatrics Paediatrics Paediatrics Pediatrics
healthcare:speciality=palliative Palliative care Palliative care (hospice)
healthcare:speciality=pathology Pathology Histopathology Pathology
healthcare:speciality=physiatry Physical medicine and rehabilitation Physical medicine and rehabilitation (Sports Medicine)
healthcare:speciality=plastic_surgery Plastic surgery Plastic surgery Reconstructive surgery / cosmetic surgery
healthcare:speciality=podiatry Podiatry Podiatry Podiatry
healthcare:speciality=proctology Colorectal surgery Proctology Colorectal surgery
healthcare:speciality=psychiatry Psychiatry General psychiatry Psychiatry
healthcare:speciality=pulmonology Respiratory medicine Respiratory medicine Pulmonology
healthcare:speciality=radiology Radiology Radiology
healthcare:speciality=radiotherapy Radiotherapy
healthcare:speciality=rheumatology Rheumatology Rheumatology Rheumatology
healthcare:speciality=stomatology Stomatology
healthcare:speciality=surgery General surgery General surgery General surgery
healthcare:speciality=transplant Transplant surgery Transplant surgery
healthcare:speciality=trauma Trauma surgery Trauma surgery
healthcare:speciality=tropical Tropical medicine Tropical medicine Tropical medicine
healthcare:speciality=urology Urology Urology Urology
healthcare:speciality=vascular_surgery Vascular surgery Vascular surgery
healthcare:speciality=venereology Venereology (sexually transmitted diseases) Venereology Venereology

Specialities for amenity=clinic / healthcare=clinic

Value Description
healthcare:speciality=abortion  Abortion clinic
healthcare:speciality=fertility  Fertility clinic
healthcare:speciality=vaccination Vaccination centre

Specialities for healthcare=psychotherapist

Different schools and approaches of psychotherapy may be tagged using healthcare:speciality=*. May also be used for healthcare=doctor and other healthcare=*.

Value Description
healthcare:speciality=behavior  Behavior oriented psychotherapy
healthcare:speciality=body  Body oriented psychotherapy
healthcare:speciality=depth psychotherapy based on  Depth psychology, e.g.  Psychoanalysis
healthcare:speciality=humanistic psychotherapy based on  Humanistic psychology
healthcare:speciality=other psychotherapy that does not fit into the other categories, e.g.  Art therapy
healthcare:speciality=systemic  Systemic therapy
healthcare:speciality=autism  Autism therapies

Specialities for healthcare=laboratory

value description
healthcare:speciality=biology  Biology - non-specific
healthcare:speciality=biochemistry  Biochemistry
healthcare:speciality=blood_check  Blood test
healthcare:speciality=clinical_pathology  Clinical pathology

Specialities for healthcare=alternative

May also be used for healthcare=doctor and other healthcare=*.

Attention, the specialities here may be used additional to medical facilities.

But on its own the alternative healthcare cannot ensure proper and state-of-the-art healthcare.

Therefore the tag healthcare:=* is very misleading. Some of this practices may even be dangerous for the human health.

value description
healthcare:speciality=acupuncture  Acupuncture
healthcare:speciality=anthroposophical  Anthroposophic medicine
healthcare:speciality=applied_kinesiology  Applied kinesiology
healthcare:speciality=aromatherapy  Aromatherapy
healthcare:speciality=ayurveda  Ayurveda
healthcare:speciality=chiropractic  Chiropractic
healthcare:speciality=herbalism  Herbalism (See also: shop=herbalist).
healthcare:speciality=homeopathy  Homeopathy
healthcare:speciality=hydrotherapy  Hydrotherapy
healthcare:speciality=hypnosis  Hypnosis
healthcare:speciality=naturopathy  Naturopathy
healthcare:speciality=osteopathy  Osteopathy
healthcare:speciality=reflexology  Reflexology
healthcare:speciality=reiki  Reiki
healthcare:speciality=shiatsu  Shiatsu
healthcare:speciality=traditional_chinese_medicine  Traditional Chinese medicine
healthcare:speciality=tuina  Tuī ná
healthcare:speciality=unani  Unani medicine

Specialities for healthcare=counselling

What types of counselling are offered.

Value Description
healthcare:counselling=addiction  addiction counselling for drugs like alcohol
healthcare:counselling=antenatal  pregnancy and antenatal counselling
healthcare:counselling=dietitian  dietitian
healthcare:counselling=nutrition  nutrition
healthcare:counselling=sexual  sexual

Rendering and editors

See also