from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A poll tax.
- n. A payment or fee of a fixed amount per person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Performing a headcount; the counting of people.
- n. A poll tax.
- n. A system of remuneration for providers of health care, in which providers enroll patients as permanent clients and receive a fixed periodic payment for each enrollee.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A numbering of heads or individuals.
- n. A tax upon each head or person, without reference to property; a poll tax.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Numeration by the head; a numbering of persons, as the inhabitants of a city.
- n. A tax or imposition upon each head or person; a poll-tax. Also called a capitation-tax.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a tax levied on the basis of a fixed amount per person
What makes this tax a poll tax/capitation is that it is a per head tax on every person in the land ($750) which is then adjusted on income.
Anyway, a capitation is unconstitutional if it is not apportioned among the states according to the census.
Sara says: he hopes to see a revolution in capitation jurisprudence.
Primary-care physicians are increasingly interested in capitation arrangements, where they would be paid based on the number of people who register as clients for their services.
In those days, providers expected that they would eventually be paid by "capitation" -- receiving the same amount of money for each patient no matter how much care or what kind of care the patient needed.
Her question was whether the health reform would pay doctors on a fee-for-service basis or whether there would be "capitation" - in which doctors are paid so much per patient regardless of how much care they provide.
But it’s funny – when you give this to a (very conservative) tax prof, he hopes to see a revolution in capitation jurisprudence.
For instance, he said, providers can share in more of the savings and can potentially get the money as monthly per-beneficiary payments, a format known as capitation.
But a capitation could be apportioned by population quite easily; if it applied to every person (citizen or not, all levels of income) with no exceptions, it would in fact by definition already be apportioned.
Mark N.: But a capitation could be apportioned by population quite easily; if it applied to every person (citizen or not, all levels of income) with no exceptions, it would in fact by definition already be apportioned.