The map of inequality: with over 20 million Italians in financial difficulty going without treatment or getting into debt to receive it, health becomes a commodity only available for those who can pay. Cooperatives are a third way to support the Italian national health service.
On 7 July 2018, IHCO’s member organisations are going to join cooperators around the world to celebrate the International Day of Cooperatives. With the common message «Sustainable societies through cooperation», the cooperative movement puts forward the values behind the cooperative business model. Cooperatives have always set out to enable people to have access to goods and services sustainably, even before the concept of sustainability had emerged as a global concern. Continue reading
IHCO participated at the meeting hosted by International Labour Organisation, ILO, in Geneva on 23 May to discuss the potential of health cooperatives to adapt to different geographic, political and socio-economic contexts. With the participation of the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Novartis Social Business, and the consultancy LPS, the objective of the meeting was to take advantage of the versatility of health cooperatives for developing healthcare projects in medium- and low-income countries.
The Office des Pharmacies Coopératives de Belgique, OPHACO, is the recognised professional association federating 616 cooperative pharmacies in Belgium, distributed into 15 cooperatives. OPHACO’s cooperative pharmacies represent the 20% of the non-hospital pharmaceutical market in Belgium and the 12% of country’s pharmacies. Continue reading
Over the past years, growing imbalances between the supply and the demand for health services have pressured the national health systems. Increasing health expenditure, the ageing of the population, the long waiting times or the struggle to cope with long-term care due to chronic and degenerative diseases are some of the problems of the health systems. Continue reading
IHCO advocated the contribution by cooperatives to world health and presented them as a tool for achieving the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 at the NGO’s Consultation session held on 23 January at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Continue reading