Fundación Espriu is the apex organization that brings together Spanish health cooperatives based on Dr. Josep Espriu’s vision, a system of healthcare services which put individuals before economic profit. Espriu’s health cooperatives allow development of social high-quality medicine in the framework of a health system co-managed by all stakeholders, where patients play an active role in the decision process and doctors can develop their job with freedom.
Cooperatives in Brazil number 6.6 thousand with 11 million members and they provide 320 thousand direct jobs. As a differentiated business model, Brazilian cooperatives rely on the permanent support of OCB System to defend and promote their interests and rights. The system is composed of three institutions working together. The Brazilian Cooperatives Organization (OCB) is the representative entity, acting to promote the efficiency and economic and social effectiveness of cooperatives – either in Brazil or overseas. The National Service of Cooperative Learning (Sescoop) promotes actions, courses and programs for the management and social development of the cooperatives. Finally, the Brazilian National Confederation of Cooperatives (CNCoop) provides union representation of the economic category interests in the cooperativist sector with public and private agencies.