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What is the difference between a "sick patient" and "patient". "Sick" seems to me a redundancy as "patient" alone serves the same intended meaning."a patient" is necessarily supposed to be "ill" or "sick".
On the other hand, I'd feel OK saying that 'I'm one of Dr. Smith's patients', meaning I am on his list of regular patients, ie he is my family doctor.
Moreover, if I go the doctor for a check-up, I'm not sick, but I'm still a patient.
I might even simply be a hypochondriac.
Best wishes, Clive
A person may be nearly recovered from an illness. He may still be in the hospital, but just about to be released. He may not be sick at all. He is still a patient, but he is not a sick patient. He may have been a very sick patient when he was first admitted to the hospital, however.
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