Healthcare

Co-operative primary healthcare…

  • Provide affordable medical and healthcare services
  • Provide a wide range of healthcare services at no or low cost
  • Open new primary care facilities in under-served areas
  • Are owned by patients and operates to serve the community’s interests

Provide affordable medical and healthcare services

Because their focus is their members and they are not profit maximising, primary healthcare co-operatives are able to deliver medical services that are often more affordable than their listed counterparts. 

Provide a wide range of healthcare services at no or low cost

Primary healthcare co-operatives are able to provide services at low cost because they place a focus on member value ahead of short-term profit. 

Open new primary care facilities in under-served areas

Primary healthcare co-operatives are better able to operate in under-served areas because their focus is on serving their members rather than maximising profits; they are more likely to open new facilities in areas where their listed counterparts would not.

Are owned by patients and operates to serve the community’s interests

Primary healthcare co-operatives are differently owned. Because they are owned by their members they can focus on the local interests of particular communities which can be informed through dialogue with their members.

Healthcare examples

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Australian Friendly Societies Pharmacies Association

Representing Friendly Society Pharmacies, and the voice of mutual community pharmacy in Australia.
Industry: Healthcare
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Australian Unity

Australian Unity has been a national healthcare, financial services and independent and assisted living organisation for over 175 years. Australian Unity has over 7,000 employees providing services to...
Established Year: 1840
Type: Mutual
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National Health Co-op (NHC)

NHC is a not-for-profit, member-owned co-operative that provides bulk billing medical and healthcare services. Formed in response to a lack of General Practitioners in northwest Canberra, it is one...
Established Year: 2014
Industry: Healthcare

Healthcare submissions

Inquiry into the value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs

The BCCM highlighted the focus of mutual insurers on delivering value to members.
Jurisdiction: Commonwealth
Committee: Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
Submission Date: 07/28/2017