Definition of postcode lottery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


postcode lottery

BrE BrE//ˌpəʊstkəʊd ˈlɒtəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpoʊstkoʊd ˈlɑːtəri//
[singular] (British English)
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a situation in which the amount or type of medical treatment that is provided to people depends on the particular area of the country they live in Infertility treatment runs by a postcode lottery—some health authorities will fund it, others won’t. Her plight highlighted the ‘postcode lottery’ faced by cancer patients.