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[med-i-kair] /ˈmɛd ɪˌkɛər/
(sometimes lowercase) a U.S. government program of hospitalization insurance and voluntary medical insurance for persons aged 65 and over and for certain disabled persons under 65.
Compare Medicaid.
(lowercase) any of various government-funded programs to provide medical care to a population.
Origin of Medicare Unabridged
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(in the US) a federally sponsored health insurance programme for persons of 65 or older
(often not capital) (in Canada) a similar programme covering all citizens
(in Australia) a government-controlled general health-insurance scheme
Word Origin
C20: medi(cal) + care
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Word Origin and History for Medicare

name for a state-run health insurance system, 1962, originally in a Canadian context, from medical + care. U.S. use is from 1965.

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Medicare in Medicine

Medicare Med·i·care or med·i·care (měd'ĭ-kâr')
A program under the U.S. Social Security Administration that reimburses hospitals and physicians for medical care provided to qualifying people over 65 years old.

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Medicare in Culture
Medicare [(med-i-kair)]

A federal program providing medical care for the elderly. Established by a health insurance bill in 1965, as part of President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the Medicare program made a significant step for social welfare legislation and helped establish the growing population of the elderly as a pressure group. (See entitlements.)

Medicare definition

A federal health insurance program, administered by the Social Security Administration, that provides health care for the aged.

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