socialized medicine

noun

Definition of socialized medicine 

: medical and hospital services for the members of a class or population administered by an organized group (such as a state agency) and paid for from funds obtained usually by assessments, philanthropy, or taxation

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The British experiment with socialized medicine has been a monumental failure. Sally C. Pipes, Fortune, "Why Does the Left Want Universal Health Care? Britain’s Is on Its Deathbed," 10 July 2018 Proponents of socialized medicine condemn profit in health care, but a for-profit hospital does not have a financial interest in killing its patients. Rupert Darwall, WSJ, "Reform the NHS Before It Kills Again," 4 July 2018 The Democrat candidates are talking universal health care, Medicare for all, single payer, socialized medicine. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Health Law Is Back as Campaign Issue—This Time for Democrats," 11 May 2018 In America, in particular, conservatives have used the Alfie Evans case as a rallying cry to condemn socialized medicine and government intervention more broadly. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The controversy surrounding terminally ill British toddler Alfie Evans, explained," 27 Apr. 2018 The sacrifice of a small child on the altar of socialized medicine. Fox News, "Nigel Farage talks Alfie Evans and Britain's medical system," 28 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, the party’s top presidential prospects have been racing to pledge their allegiance to socialized medicine, free public college, universal child care, and paid family leave. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Affluent Democrats Aren’t an Obstacle to Economic Populism," 20 Apr. 2018 Shulkin, like most veterans groups, preferred to take a gradual approach to reform; the hard-liners want rapid action to free our servicemen and women from the horrors of socialized medicine. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Replaces Veterans Affairs Secretary With His Personal Doctor," 28 Mar. 2018 More than single payer, this is actually socialized medicine. David Dayen, New Republic, "This Week’s Other Looming Health Care Crisis," 25 Sep. 2017

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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socialized medicine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of socialized medicine

: medical and hospital services that are provided to people by a government and that are paid for by taxes

socialized medicine

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Medical Definition of socialized medicine 

: medical and hospital services for the members of a class or population administered by an organized group (as a state agency) and paid for from funds obtained usually by assessments, philanthropy, or taxation

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