Medicare

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noun Medi·care \ ˈme-di-ˌker \

Definition of Medicare

:a government program of medical care especially for the aged

Origin and Etymology of medicare

blend of medical and care


Financial Definition of MEDICARE

Medicare

What It Is

Medicare is the United States federal government health insurance program for Americans who are 65 years of age and older.

How It Works

When a U.S. citizen turns 65 years old, he may be eligible for Medicare benefits if he meets certain criteria. These benefits are intended to cover the costs of healthcare associated with advanced age. Eligible participants can choose from a number of plan options depending on their needs. All Medicare options require that beneficiaries pay an affordable premium as well as co-payments for all covered healthcare services.

Medicare comprises three separate sections that each deal exclusively with different parts of the healthcare system. Part A covers inpatient care and on-going treatments including hospital stays, in-home care, and nursing homes. Part B covers outpatient care and medical equipment needs like office visits, lab tests, x-rays, medications, and wheelchairs. Part C provides eligible participants with a variety of additional services to choose from depending on their needs.

Why It Matters

Medicare provides Americans with affordable healthcare coverage as they get older, often facing both higher healthcare costs and declining incomes.


MEDICARE Defined for English Language Learners

Medicare

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Definition of Medicare for English Language Learners

  • : a government program that provides medical care especially for old people


Medical Dictionary

Medicare

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noun Medi·care \ ˈmed-i-ˌke(ə)r, -ˌka(ə)r \

medical Definition of Medicare

:a government program of medical care especially for the elderly

Law Dictionary

Medicare

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noun Medi·care \ ˈme-di-ˌkar \

legal Definition of Medicare

:a government program of medical care especially for the aged

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