Definition: Specialised medical care
Frascati Manual 1993
Specialised medical care refers to routine investigation and normal application of specialised medical knowledge. There may, however, be an element of R&D in what is usually called "advanced medical care", carried out, for example, in university hospitals. Usually such advanced medical care is not considered R&D, and all medical care not directly linked to a specific R&D project should be excluded from the R&D statistics.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), "Main Definitions and Conventions for the Measurement of Research and Experimental Development (R&D). A Summary of the Frascati Manual 1993", OECD, Paris, 1994, p.15