An institution or a person that offers curative, rehabilitative, preventive, and promotional care services to individuals, families, or communities in a systematic way is referred to as a healthcare provider. Depending on the health services provided, healthcare providers are of different types. While institutions like hospitals, clinics, etc. are all referred to as healthcare providers. On the other hand, from physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, community health workers, allied health professionals to advanced practitioners, pharmacists are also providers of healthcare services to patients.
Moreover, the term healthcare provider is also applicable for non-physicians such as therapists, specialty laboratories, medical equipment companies, home healthcare companies, imaging facility centers, etc.