Definition of Medicare in US English:


proper noun

  • A federal system of health insurance for people over 65 years of age and for certain younger people with disabilities.

    • ‘How did Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly, respond?’
    • ‘Kogan observes that the fastest growing federal programs are Medicare and Medicaid.’
    • ‘First, Medicare wants to keep health care costs for its beneficiaries under control.’
    • ‘This regulation is considered the most staggering health care law since Medicare.’
    • ‘Experts say that an alternative to Medicare is a private health insurance plan.’


1960s: from medical + care.