Health coops in Argentina bring together users and practitioners

The Federación Argentina de Entidades de Salud Solidaria, FAESS, was formed in 1999 from a collaborative agreement between the Instituto Movilizador de Fondos Cooperativos, IMFC, and the Confederation of Co-operatives COOPERAR. At that time, around 50% of Argentina’s population did not have access to healthcare. FAESS brought together users and practitioners to develop a co-operative health service model. It currently brings together 66 organisations, cooperatives and mutuals. The 2001 economic crisis led to an increase in the number of worker takeovers and now various hospitals function as worker co-operatives.

Ricardo López

Dr. Ricardo López, President of FAESS

FAESS provides high-quality primary care services, treatment, and health education to its members and clients at reasonable cost. It also engages in promoting co-operatives awareness and participation. It does not just provide health services, but also preserves the principles of association and solidarity among its members, both users and practitioners.

With the support of local cooperatives and municipalities, it has been able to establish ten primary health care centres. These centres provide services to more than 14,000 people and have created over 100 jobs, including 60 for medical professionals. Since 2000, it had also run over 20 health campaigns to address health risks.

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