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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Recent Examples on the Web Isn’t the kind of socialized medicine that the U.K. has supposed to be less efficient and more ineffective than ours? Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Weekly Trump Report Card: As he digs in, Trump’s political power waning," 5 Dec. 2020 Despite the apparent perception among Americans that most other countries have socialized medicine, many of them have a mix of private and public options. Popular Science, "Science was a big winner—and loser—at last night’s debate," 23 Oct. 2020 India has a system of socialized medicine, and government hospitals and research institutions are largely undertaking all Covid-19 response efforts (private hospitals are slowly joining in to keep up with demand). Shraddha Chakradhar, STAT, "Covid-19 hasn’t yet hit India in a widespread way. But I saw more warnings there than I did in the U.S.," 27 Mar. 2020 In socialized medicine the state controls and is all powerful. Wesley J. Smith, National Review, "Pressuring a Hospice to Kill," 24 Jan. 2020 Those of us who favor a single payer system, like Medicare for All, are finding that COVID-19 has suddenly opened a door to discussing socialized medicine. Gavin Yamey, Time, "Why Coronavirus Testing Should Be Free For All Americans," 5 Mar. 2020 Although Colorado voters rejected a 2018 initiative restricting oil and gas development and a 2016 initiative to foist socialized medicine on the state, versions of these unpopular ideas were signed into law in the 2019 session. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: 2019 wasn’t the best or worst of times," 26 Dec. 2019 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

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Socialized medicine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialized%20medicine. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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