[Tagging] Deprecate healthcare=pharmacy and healthcare=hospital

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Wed Jan 29 23:14:46 UTC 2020

> The healthcare=* tags were formally proposed and voted on 10 years ago.
> Included in that proposal (
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?oldid=1318635 ) was the idea
> that dual-tagging some features with both amenity=*/healthcare=* would
> be the norm until the healthcare=* tags had wide usage and software support.

But healthcare=pharmacy was never included in the proposal. In fact
the proposal authors originally wanted to change amenity=pharmacy to
shop=pharmacy, but changed the proposal due to negative comments.

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?oldid=1318635 - link to
voted proposal

This explains why healthcare=pharmacy was unused prior to the iD
change (the other 4 tags had a small amount of use, though only a
couple percent of the amenity=hospital/doctors/clinic/dentist tags)

Note also that the voted proposal does not mention replacing
amenity=clinic with healthcare=clinic, and does not specifically state
that any tags are to be deprecated.

- Joseph Eisenberg

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