“Health Co-operatives” provide services to over a million Canadians; everything from ambulance and other mobile services to home care, clinical services, support for people with multiple barriers to employment, an amazingly wide range of community outreach services, and extended care insurance. In every case these services are based on the priorities of the member-owners. Because of the Canada Health Act we cannot restrict services that are funded through the provincial medical insurance to our members.
Health co-ops range in size from a handful of member-owners to thousands. In some only workers can become members, in the vast majority membership is completely open. This “general membership” ensures that users, providers of the services and supporters in the community can all exercise their democratic voice (International Co-op Principle #2 – Democratic Member Control).
Our member co-ops are motivated by the World Health Organization’s definition of health as “a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
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