Analysis of the contribution to citizens’ health by cooperatives around the world

In collaboration with Euricse, IHCO is conducting a study devoted to explaining the role played by health co-operatives in contributing to different national welfare systems.

The research examines both members and users of health co-operatives to provide an estimate of the number of people served globally. The study includes both quantitative and qualitative analysis on health co-operatives and the systems in which they operate.

The project is structured in stages and is planned to span a period of five years, building incrementally towards its goal. At the completion of each stage, there will be a discrete output in the form of a dataset and a report. The first outcome is planned to be presented at the General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur on November 2017.

The primary objective is to assess the contribution of health care co-operatives and mutuals in promoting public health and well-being. The specific objectives are:

  • To determine the main typologies of co-operative organisations devoted to the provision of health-related services
  • To assess how mutuals and co-operatives operate in different national welfare systems
  • To estimate the number of users accessing co-operative health services

The process of data collection includes obtaining and integrating official figures on the various types of cooperatives as well as obtaining ad hoc data through a short questionnaire administered to co-operative federations. This data will be combined with interviews with key informants to provide an in-depth analysis of some crucial aspects that emerge from the questionnaires.

The first stage of the project covers 15 countries: Canada, USA, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Russia, Australia. Moreover, six national case studies will be analysed more in-depth, with the objective of deepening the analysis of a particular organisational typology in each of the countries.