Co-operatives

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How far could community control of health care go? Very far, says John Ginn. Its potential is evident in services to promote the self-management of care, in disease prevention, in emergency rooms,...
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Unions and co-operatives have a long and bumpy history, despite their common commitment to community action and mutual aid. Yet the record of the health care sector shows how co-ops can be vehicles...
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Pendant pratiquement 400 ans - et bien souvent à la demande du public - les organismes de bienfaisance, les médecins, le gouvernement et les entreprises ont exercé de plus en plus de contrôle sur nos...
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Communities have a perfect right to own specialized assets and know how to finance them. Unlike recreation centres or cultural complexes, however, health care assets sometimes trip people up. They...
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What would a "patient-centric" system of health care actually look like? Not like our current one, whose measures of self-evaluation are so much about the cost of care, not its effect on patients'...
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Given the way private, for-profit business - in the guise of clinic chains, for example - is encroaching on the health care system, you might think there's only one way to fix it. In health care co-...
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The Canadian Alternative Investment Co-operative has been active since 1983, providing loans to shelters, food banks, daycares, and even other loan funds. Now its members are raising their sights;...
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For two groups devoted to community engagement and well-being, community health centres and CED practitioners do a lot of work beside, but not with each other. They should. With the trend towards a...
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The role communities should play in Canadians' health is a really old issue, stretching back to the days of smallpox epidemics. Since then - and usually at the public's behest - charities, Western...
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While a terrific money-saver, centralization has hamstrung health care in many small towns. Now what? Not much, unless residents do it themselves. In Port Alberni and Nelson, B.C. citizens have...