any of various systems to provide the entire population with complete medical care through government subsidization and regularization of medical and health services.
Origin of socialized medicine
First recorded in 1935–40
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Medicine definitions for socialized medicine
[ sō′shə-līzd′ ]
A system for providing medical and hospital care for all at a nominal cost by means of government regulation of health services and subsidies derived from taxation.
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