The impact of cooperatives on the health of citizens

How health cooperatives contribute to improving the welfare state of the countries in which they operate? What is the impact on the health of citizens? These questions and many others will be answered by the research that IHCO will develop in collaboration with the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE).

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On July, IHCO president José Carlos Guisado met with the Euricse research team formed by Michela Giovannini, Carlo Borzaga and Gianluca Salvatori in Madrid, to analyse in detail the objectives of the project and to define the methodology and common strategies for data collection. The project, which will have a total duration of five years, will focus in the first year in 15 countries within four continents.

The principal goals of the project are to identify the main organisational forms typical of the cooperatives from the health sector and to understand how they relate to national welfare systems. This analysis is also aimed at formulating recommendations for the design of efficient and inclusive social policies.

The project will be supervised by a scientific committee formed by José Carlos Guisado and Adriano Leite Soares (IHCO), Carlo Borzaga and Gianluca Salvatori (Euricse), Bruno Roelants (CICOPA), Angelo Stefanini (Centre for International and Intercultural Health, University of Bologna) and Michael Roy (Yunus Center for Social Business and Health, Glasgow Caledonian University).

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