Thread: Hospital vs Clinic

Hospital vs Clinic
Both hospitals and clinics provide healthcare for the patients. But hospitals and clinics are not identical. Some differences between hospital and clinic are discussed below:

1. Origin of Hospital vs Clinic
The word ‘Hospital’ is derived from the Latin word “Hospes” meaning “Host”, “Guest”, or “Stranger”. So, Hospital means a guest-chamber, guest’s lodging. While the word ‘Clinic’ is derived from Ancient Greek “Klinein” meaning “Slope”, “Lean” or “Recline”. In addition, early people use the word clinic as “one who receives baptism on a sickbed”.

2. Definition of Hospital vs Clinic
A hospital can be defined as an institution of community health or a specialized complex organization which makes use of physician, surgeons, nurses, and other technical staff. It provides facilities for diagnosis, therapy, rehabilitation, prevention, education, and research.

While a clinic is a small and simple organization which especially focused on the care of non-resident patients/outpatients/ ambulatory patients. In a clinic, the medical facility smaller than a hospital.

3. Organizational pattern of Hospital vs Clinic
Generally, the organizational pattern of a Hospital is large and complex than a clinic. But in the case of a clinic, the organizational pattern is small and simple than a hospital.
4. Services time of Hospital and Clinic
A hospital gives services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Usually, a clinic provides services for 4 to 5 hours.