Origin of capitation
Late Latin capitation-, capitatio poll tax, from Latin capit-, caput
First Known Use: 1641
Medical Definition of capitation
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: a capitated health-care system
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