from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A government-regulated system for providing health care for all by means of subsidies derived from taxation.
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- n. An umbrella term for any system of government-run health care.
- n. A politically charged term used to contrast such systems with free market alternatives and emphasize the perceived link to socialism.
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And in Florida, it was reported to me by several associates, that the doctors agreed that they would devote the first three minutes of every patient call to talking against socialized medicine and Claude Pepper.
They shuddered at the word socialism, and even socialized medicine seemed to them something tinged with evil.