(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.

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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 for Medicare

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



A program under the US 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



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.)


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

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