Definition of Medicare noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmedɪkeə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmedɪker//
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  1. 1(in the US) the federal insurance system that provides medical care for people over 65 Culture Medicare began in 1965 and is part of the social security system. It pays part of the costs of hospitals and offers additional medical insurance to people who pay an amount each month. compare Medicaid
  2. 2(in Australia and Canada) the national medical care system for all people that is paid for by taxes (spelt ‘medicare’ in Canada)
  3. Word Origin1960s: from medical + care.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Medicare