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socialized medicine,

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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Socialized medicine, stripped of its deceptive whitewash, is reactionary; it is the imposition of central power and control over America and Americans in the false guise of beneficence; it is the opposite of the American way.
Medical decisions under socialized medicine are taken out of the hands of affected individuals and handed over to a board of governors, an appointed government body, a blue ribbon citizen's council, or doctors--all of which covet the role of God by their decisions, thereby, inherently demoting God to our base level.
If the government provided health care, that would be socialized medicine.
Indeed, what was once referred to as state medicine would later be called (by supporter and critic alike) socialized medicine.
Considering the unborn as candidate members--potential members--of the next generation; wouldn't that strengthen the argument for socialized medicine, child care, prenatal care?
Neither socialized medicine nor government regulations will rectify the abuses of power and arrogance of privilege.
In another startling development regarding socialized medicine, when Danny Williams, the Canadian premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, needed a lifesaving heart operation, he came to the United States to repair a broken heart valve.
Among developed nations, we alone allow this to happen for lack of logical medical care - socialized medicine.
Socialized medicine has for several years cast its sinister shadow over our professional and private lives.
On the campaign trail, he roared in outrage at the thought of cutting Medicare, the socialized medicine we already have that is rapidly bankrupting the country.
They were in fact coined in Europe the birthplace of socialized medicine.
Yet, socialized medicine is exactly the model that Washington bureaucrats are proposing for all of us, complains physician Elizabeth Lee Vliet, author of Women, Weight, and Hormones; The Savvy Woman's Guide to PCOS; and Screaming to be Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect--and Doctors Still Ignore, among other books.

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