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 Indeed, all the world’s proponents of socialized medicine, which includes most of the public-health community, are now lining up to get access to the vaccines that U.S. capitalism delivered. Tomas J. Philipson, National Review, 2 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 27 Mar. 2020 In socialized medicine the state controls and is all powerful. Wesley J. Smith, National Review, 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, 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, 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, 24 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of socialized medicine

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 21 May. 2022.

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socialized medicine

noun

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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