Pronunciation: (med'i-kâr"), [key]
1. (sometimes l.c.) a U.S. government program of hospitalization insurance and voluntary medical insurance for persons aged 65 and over and for certain disabled persons under 65. Cf. Medicaid.
2. (l.c.) any of various government-funded programs to provide medical care to a population.
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