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capitation

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noun cap·i·ta·tion \ˌka-pə-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of capitation

  1. 1 :  a direct uniform tax imposed on each head or person :  poll tax

  2. 2 :  a uniform per capita payment or fee

  3. 3 :  a capitated health-care system



Origin of capitation

Late Latin capitation-, capitatio poll tax, from Latin capit-, caput


First Known Use: 1641


Medical Dictionary

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noun cap·i·ta·tion \ˌkap-ə-ˈtā-shən\

Medical Definition of capitation

  1. 1:  a fixed per capita payment made periodically to a medical service provider (as a physician) by a managed care group (as an HMO) in return for medical care provided to enrolled individuals

  2. 2:  a capitated health-care system




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capitation

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noun cap·i·ta·tion \ˌka-pə-ˈtā-shən\

Legal Definition of capitation

  1. 1 :  a direct uniform tax imposed on each head or person :  poll tax <no capitation, or other direct, tax shall be laid — U.S. Constitution art. I>

  2. 2 :  a uniform per person payment or fee



Origin of capitation

Late Latin capitatio, from Latin caput head


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