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sybylla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-15-10 08:32 AM
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18. There have been healthcare coops
When I lived in Madison, WI back in the 80's there was a health care cooperative - Group Health Cooperative, which acted like an HMO. Some really liked it's model. Others hated that you had to see a nurse before you could get to a doctor, who you only saw if the nurse couldn't help you. You had a healthcare team, but people are too used to having a doctor - one person to talk to and to work with.

So I'm not sure it's still a cooperative, but it might be worth looking into.

BTW, it used to be that a lot of insurance companies were cooperatives - called "mutual" insurance societies. That seems to have gone away. Perhaps it's something else to look into bringing back.

And don't forget that credit unions are the strongest and most widespread entity in a coop model.
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