[Tagging] Deprecate healthcare=centre

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Thu Jan 14 18:03:54 UTC 2021

The existence of things that do not have existing tags does not mean that
we should use healthcare=center, which currently has no clear definition or

> Re: "It has too many specialities to call it a clinic. "

You must not have heard of the Mayo Clinic (which actually runs hospitals
in addition to clinics with multiple specialities integrated in one
building). And my clinic has obstetrics, mental health, pediatrics, family
medicine, and geriatrics - this is common for primary care facilities in
many countries, so I see no problem with amenity=clinic if these are

But I am very happy if you want to propose a new tag for one of these
outpatient multi-specialty "Integrated Care Centre" facilites.

Since we use British terminology you can just use "amenity=integrated_care"
or "healthcare=integrated_care", though "integrated care" sounds more like
advertising copy than an actual term for the kind of facility.

It might be clearer to use a tag like "healthcare=multispeciality" for a
building which has many medical specialties with one shared name and shared
reception, contact info and administration.

-- Joseph Eisenberg

On Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 4:22 AM Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, 14 Jan 2021 at 11:35, Tom Pfeifer <t.pfeifer at computer.org> wrote:
>> I agree that we should head for being more specific, but there are two
>> roads to choose from.
>> - One road is to check if there is a more precise top-level tag (e.g.
>> amenity=hospital etc)
>> - the other is to specify the centre with appropriate sub-tagging, as it
>> is currently the case
>>    with German vaccination centres (healthcare:speciality=vaccination).
> Using my favourite not-a-hospital example.  It has:
>    - General practise with doctors and nurse practitioners.
>    - Dental surgery.
>    - Minor injuries unit.
>    - Radiology and diagnostics.
>    - Outpatient suite.
>    - Mental health services
>    - Other (vaguely-specified) things.
>    - Pharmacy.
>    - No beds.
> It's called an Integrated Care Centre, not a hospital.  When it was
> proposed to replace the local cottage hospital with the care
> centre, locals were outraged because the replacement was not,
> in their view, a hospital (no beds).
> It has too many specialities to call it a clinic.  It's not viewed as
> a hospital, nor is it called one.  And this type of thing will
> become increasingly common in the UK and possibly
> elsewhere.
> --
> Paul
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