capitation

noun
cap·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌka-pə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of capitation 

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

2 : a uniform per capita payment or fee

3 : a capitated health-care system

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Capitation, at its best, both improves health care and cuts costs. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, "A Bipartisan Way to Improve Medical Care," 29 May 2017 The law was poorly written, and led to a proliferation of H.M.O.s that failed to cut costs and deprived people of care, putting many off the idea of capitation. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, "A Bipartisan Way to Improve Medical Care," 29 May 2017 And Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion in NFIB v. Sebelius, citing precedent, suggested that the category of direct taxes includes only capitations and taxes on property. Jonathan H. Adler, Washington Post, "Is the proposed ‘border adjustment’ tax unconstitutional?," 13 May 2017

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First Known Use of capitation

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for capitation

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

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capitation

noun
cap·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌkap-ə-ˈtā-shən \

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

capitation

noun
cap·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌka-pə-ˈtā-shən \

Legal Definition of capitation 

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

2 : a uniform per person payment or fee

History and Etymology for capitation

Late Latin capitatio, from Latin caput head

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