Definition of Medicare in English:


proper noun

  • 1(in the US) a federal system of health insurance for people over 65 years of age.

    • ‘Kogan observes that the fastest growing federal programs are Medicare and Medicaid.’
    • ‘This regulation is considered the most staggering health care law since Medicare.’
    • ‘First, Medicare wants to keep health care costs for its beneficiaries under control.’
    • ‘Experts say that an alternative to Medicare is a private health insurance plan.’
    • ‘How did Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly, respond?’
    1. 1.1(in Canada and Australia) a national health-care scheme financed by taxation.
      • ‘Only the Australian people can save Medicare by making it their number one priority at the next federal election.’
      • ‘Last year it was Medicare, Australia's public insurance scheme, which was under fire.’
      • ‘The only way to hold to those principles is to have a tax-based funding scheme such as Medicare.’
      • ‘The lack of prescription coverage under Medicare is a national scandal.’
      • ‘Take the question of Medicare, Canada's universal public health system.’


1960s: from medical + care.