certificate of need

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A document issued by a federal, state, or local government agency to confirm approval for a health care institution or facility to construct a new building, invest in expensive equipment, or provide medically insured services specified on that particular certificate. The same term also describes the form used by public health workers, social workers, school teachers, etc., to record details setting out reasons an individual or a family may require social assistance.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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