any of various systems to provide the entire population with complete medical care through government subsidization and regularization of medical and health services.
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Origin of socialized medicine
First recorded in 1935–40
Words nearby socialized medicine
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Medical 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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