Espriu Foundation and CEPES sign an agreement to promote the Social Economy in the area of health

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25.04.2018

Espriu Foundation and CEPES sign an agreement to promote the Social Economy in the area of health

Espriu Foundation and the Spanish Confederation of Social Economy Enterprises (CEPES) signed an agreement with the aim of promoting the Social Economy model in the healthcare sector and in the area of health.

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 Carlos Zarco, director of  Espriu Foundation and Juan Antonio Pedreño, president of CEPES.

The agreement was signed by the managing director of the Espriu Foundation, Carlos Zarco, and the chairman of CEPES, Juan Antonio Pedreño. Both agreed on the need to join forces and implement joint actions aimed at promoting and highlighting the progress made by cooperative entities and the Social Economy in the health sector.

The Espriu Foundation and CEPES consider it fundamental to make it clear to society that the social medicine system model developed by these entities contributes towards facilitating citizen access to health, improving conditions for healthcare professionals and consolidating the sustainability of the health system.

Among the objectives contained in the agreement is the aim to increase the role of co-operative healthcare in the context of the Spanish Social Economy. In this sense, they are committed to raising awareness among citizens and public administrations in order to seek the recognition of health co-operatives as a business and social actor that contributes to responding to the major challenges faced by the health sector at present, in the context of an ageing population.

“Health is undoubtedly one of the aspects that people are most concerned about and, in this sense, it is important to highlight the important contribution made by the companies and entities of the Social Economy dedicated to this sector, as well as the leadership of the Foundation Espriu”

In the same way, he stressed that Spanish co-operative healthcare leads this sector worldwide, as it –the Espriu Foundation– holds the presidency of the International Health Cooperative Organisation.

SERVICE PROVIDED TO MORE THAN TWO MILLION PEOPLE

On the other hand, the executive editor of the Espriu Foundation, Carlos Zarco, said that “health co-operatives aim to complement the National Health System to make it sustainable, in a scenario in which the ageing population will lead to increased costs and threaten the system. We propose a model that responds to new challenges.”

Zarco stressed that “people and social values prevail in our DNA over economic profits. We are a player in the social economy, in a highly advantageous position to participate in any type of public-private collaboration formula.

Lastly, he stressed that the Espriu Foundation offers service to almost 2.3 million people, almost 5% of the population. It also provides employment to 56,647 professionals. In the same way, he said that if global data are taken into account, 100 million households have access to health services via cooperatives.

The agreement between Fundación Espriu and CEPES will run for one year, and has the option to be renewed for equal and successive periods.

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