What is the difference provider vs. caregiver, in a medical context? According to the dictionary definitions, the former provides, the latter cares… but in a medical context providing is pretty much caring, and by caring one provides care. So I am a bit confused.
Usually a provider is an institution or company which provides medical services or goods, particularly the entity which bills the insurance company. A caregiver is an actual human being. – StoneyB
Although those words can vary between organizations.
This is probably going to be one of those areas where arbitrary strict definitions are imposed by authorities / companies to aid them in their administration (but which correspondingly confuse the general public). – Edwin Ashworth
A caregiver is an unpaid person (usually a relative) that tends to someone needing personal services. A care provider is an institution that pays someone in a professional capacity to tend to someone needing that service.