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

Examples of socialized medicine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Voters want bipartisan action to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs, not socialized medicine. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, "Democrats Who Flipped Seats in 2018 Have a 2020 Playbook: Focus on Drug Costs," 24 Dec. 2019 Harris and Cory Booker instantly saluted Bernie Sanders’s socialized medicine or, even more incredibly, the antic Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s multitrillion-dollar Green New Deal? Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump’s ‘Sleepy Joe’ Problem," 19 June 2019 Their success predates, and may even explain, their enactment of socialized medicine. William A. Estes, National Review, "The American Medical Association Flirts with Socialized Medicine," 28 June 2019 The two candidates share a desire for government job guarantees, socialized medicine and socialized college funding, among other initiatives. James Freeman, WSJ, "Elizabeth Warren Has a Central Plan for That," 19 June 2019 Would Bernie Sanders be able to find enough doctors to practice socialized medicine? James Freeman, WSJ, "Who Wants to Be Bernie’s Nurse?," 28 Mar. 2019 This was, along with our birthday, the 70th anniversary of socialized medicine in Britain. Fox News, "Unions brace for fallout from SCOTUS's Janus decision," 8 July 2018 In other words, both Gard’s and Evans’s cases are a lightning rod for existing UK anxieties about the National Health Service and the efficacy of socialized medicine, and of state intervention more generally. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The controversy surrounding terminally ill British toddler Alfie Evans, explained," 27 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of socialized medicine

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Socialized medicine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialized%20medicine. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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socialized medicine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of socialized medicine

chiefly US : 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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