In U.S. health services, capitation refers to a fixed "per capita" amount that is paid to a hospital, clinic or doctor for each person served.
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A system of medical reimbursement wherein the provider is paid an annual fee per covered patient by an insurer or other financial source, which aggregate fees are intended to reimburse all provided services. [L.L. capitatio, fr. caput, head]]

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cap·i·ta·tion .kap-ə-'tā-shən n
1) a fixed per capita payment made periodically to a medical service provider (as a physician) by a managed care group (as an HMO) in return for medical care provided to enrolled individuals
2) a capitated health-care system

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cap·i·ta·tion (kap″ĭ-taґshən) the annual fee paid to a physician or group of physicians by each participant in a health plan.

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  • capitation — [ kapitasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1584; bas lat. capitatio « impôt par tête » ♦ Féod. Impôt, taxe levée par individu. ⇒ prestation. ● capitation nom féminin (bas latin capitatio, taxe par tête) Autrefois, impôt, taxe par tête. ⇒CAPITATION, subst. fém. DR.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • capitation — cap·i·ta·tion /ˌka pə tā shən/ n [Late Latin capitatio, from Latin caput head] 1: a direct uniform tax imposed on each head or person: poll tax no capitation, or other direct, tax shall be laid U.S. Constitution art. I 2: a unif …   Law dictionary

  • capitation — UK US /ˌkæpɪˈteɪʃən/ noun [U] FINANCE, GOVERNMENT ► payment to a medical worker based on the number of patients in their care: »In Britain general practitioners are paid mainly through a mixture of capitation and performance payments. ► an amount …   Financial and business terms

  • capitation — cap i*ta tion (k[a^]p [i^]*t[=a] sh[u^]n), n. [L. capitatio a poll tax, fr. caput head; cf. F. capitation.] 1. A numbering of heads or individuals. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] 2. A tax upon each head or person, without reference to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • capitation — CAPITATION. s. f. Taxe par tête. Payer la Capitation …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Capitation — Capitation, was Kopfsteuer …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • capitation — 1610s, counting of heads, from L. capitationem (nom. capitatio), noun of action from a verb derived from caput head (see HEAD (Cf. head)). Meaning levying of a poll tax is from 1640s …   Etymology dictionary

  • capitation — ► NOUN ▪ the payment of a fee or grant to a doctor, school, etc., the amount being determined by the number of patients, pupils, etc. ORIGIN Latin, from caput head …   English terms dictionary

  • capitation — [kap΄i tā′shən] n. [LL capitatio < L caput, HEAD] a tax or fee of so much per head; payment per capita: see also POLL TAX …   English World dictionary

  • Capitation — La capitation est un impôt qui a existé dans la Rome antique et en France pendant l Ancien Régime. Le terme dérive du Latin căpĭtātĭo (« taxe par tête »)[1]. Il s agit d un impôt très proche de l’impôt par tête. Sommaire 1 Rome antique… …   Wikipédia en Français

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