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Medicare

[ med-i-kair ]
/ ˈmɛd ɪˌkɛər /
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noun
(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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Origin of Medicare

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British Dictionary definitions for Medicare

Medicare
/ (ˈmɛdɪˌkɛə) /

noun
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for Medicare

Medicare

n.
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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Cultural definitions for Medicare (1 of 2)

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.)

Cultural definitions for Medicare (2 of 2)

Medicare

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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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