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Medicare

[med-i-kair]
noun
  1. (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.
  2. (lowercase) any of various government-funded programs to provide medical care to a population.
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Origin of Medicare

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MedicareMedicaid

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British Dictionary definitions for medicare

Medicare

noun
  1. (in the US) a federally sponsored health insurance programme for persons of 65 or older
  2. (often not capital) (in Canada) a similar programme covering all citizens
  3. (in Australia) a government-controlled general health-insurance scheme
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Word Origin

C20: medi (cal) + care
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Word Origin and History for medicare

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

medicare in Medicine

Medicare

n.
  1. 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

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.)

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Medicare

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

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