Study launch: health cooperatives and mutuals worldwide

29 September 2016

The research “Health cooperatives and mutuals worldwide – an analysis of the contribution to citizens’ health by cooperatives around the world” will be launched during sectorial meeting on “Health and Social Services – The Cooperatives’ Way” on the occasion of the International Summit of Cooperatives, which will be held in Quebec City. On October 12, Gianluca Salvatori will present the study, which is aimed to analyze the contribution of health cooperatives and mutuals to the promotion of citizens’ health within different national welfare systems. Euricse is conducting this study in collaboration with IHCO (International Health Co-operative Organization).

Specific research objectives

  • To determine the main typologies of cooperative organizations devoted to the provision of health-related services.
  • To assess how mutuals and cooperatives operate in different national welfare systems.
  • To estimate the number of users accessing mutual and health cooperative services.clock1


The process of data collection includes obtaining and integrating both international and national official data on different types of cooperatives as well as obtaining ad hoc data through a short questionnaire administered to cooperative federations.

Data collection is devoted to understanding the number and characteristics of the population served by health cooperatives in different countries around the world. This quantitative-qualitative data will be integrated by semi-structured interviews to key-informants in order to provide an in-depth analysis of some crucial aspects that emerge from the question

First year

During the first year, fifteen countries will be covered and 6 national case studies will be analyzed more in-depth, with the objective of deepening the analysis of a specific organizational typology in each country

15 countries

Canada, USA, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Russia, Australia.

6 case-studies

Canada, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Spain, Belgium.
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