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publicly administered system of national health care. The term is used to describe programs that range from government operation of medical facilities to national health-insurance plans. In 1948, Great Britain passed the National Health Service Act that provided free physician and hospital services for all citizens. The system was later amended, now charging a small fee for the filling of prescriptions and the purchasing of eyeglasses and dentures; it is funded jointly by a health-insurance tax and by the national treasury. Doctors are salaried by the government and receive an additional allotment per patient and for the performance of special services. Sweden maintains a compulsory health-insurance plan that provides for income compensation, hospital treatment, most of the physician's fee, and part of the cost of medicines. Maternity benefits are provided for expectant women. A large percentage of Israel's medical care is provided by the Histadrut, the national labor union. A number of private welfare organizations also provide care, and the armed forces maintain a number of military hospitals whose services are widely used since many citizens of Israel are military veterans. Canada has a federally sponsored system of medical insurance with voluntary participation on the part of each province; the system is funded by taxes and contributions from the government. The United States is the only major Western country without some form of socialized medical care. However, it does sponsor MedicareMedicare,
national health insurance program in the United States for persons aged 65 and over and the disabled. It was established in 1965 with passage of the Social Security Amendments and is now run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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, a federally administered program for those over 65, and MedicaidMedicaid,
national health insurance program in the United States for low-income persons and persons with disabilities. It was established in 1965 with passage of the Social Security Amendments and is now run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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, a federally funded program of medical care for the poor that is administered by the individual states. Veterans have access to Veterans Health Administration facilities; care is free or partially subsidized, depending on whether injuries and disabilities are service connected.
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Traditional approaches have not worked, yet socialized healthcare has major problems such as many European countries have.
Additionally, the president has characterized the bill as a first step towards socialized healthcare and criticized it for raising the income limits for eligibility to allow families that he believes don't need assistance to take advantage of it.
Britain's system of socialized healthcare means citizens can choose to take genetic tests, free from the fear that should they test positive, they will face an enormous bill for insurance or treatment, or worse still, that they are priced out of care or coverage all together.
Most single-payer systems are patterned to resemble the Canadian system, which provides universal coverage through provincial systems of socialized healthcare insurance.
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Supporters of ObamaCare have resorted to what some critics say is sleazy advertising in an effort to convince young people to sign up for the socialized healthcare program.

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