Definition of Catastrophic illness
1. Noun. Severe illness requiring prolonged hospitalization or recovery; usually involves high costs for hospitals and doctors and medicines.
Medical Definition of Catastrophic illness
1. An acute or prolonged illness usually considered to be life-threatening or with the threat of serious residual disability. Treatment may be radical and is frequently costly. (12 Dec 1998)
Lexicographical Neighbors of Catastrophic Illness
Literary usage of Catastrophic illness
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Measuring Up: Improving Health System Performance in Oecd Countries by Canada Health Canada (2002)
"... covering most of the curative sector (eg hospitals, physicians) and prescription drugs, and the catastrophic illness Act (AWBZ), covering most of the ..."