Dr Francisco Ivorra receives the Medal of Honour from the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine

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07.02.2019

Dr Francisco Ivorra receives the Medal of Honour from the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine

The president of Lavínia-Asisa and vice-president of the Espriu Foundation, Dr Francisco Ivorra, has received the Medal of Honour from the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine (RANME) in recognition of his career and dedication in the field of health.

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Dr Juan Pablo Rodríguez, secretary general of the Royal Academy, highlighted Ivorra’s “honesty and transparency” and pointed out that during his time as president of Lavínia-Asisa “he has bolstered and restructured the company, which has allowed it to consolidate its leadership in the health insurance sector and increase its market share; has created new companies and diversified the service provision in the fields of dentistry, ophthalmology, analysis, radiology, and others; has created the HLA Hospital Group, the third-largest hospital network in the country; and has launched projects on the international stage.”

At the medal ceremony, Dr Ivorra thanked the academy for the award and delivered the lecture The contribution of private health insurance to the creation, maintenance and future of the Spanish National Health System: medical leadership, in which he gave a brief history of the Spanish health system and reiterated that “when there was no public health coverage in Spain, or it was very limited and uncoordinated, a rudimentary private health coverage existed that acknowledged many economic difficulties, and that medical igualatorios (professional medical co-operatives) played a fundamental role in the healthcare offered to the people of Spain.” In this context, Dr José Espriu—a pioneer of co-operative healthcare in Spain and founder of Asisa—was particularly important.

The president of Asisa recalled that “since its creation in the 1960s, Asisa has distinguished itself by conceiving and putting into practice an insurance model that is unique, democratic and led by an extensive group of Spanish doctors. The model created and implemented by Asisa has not only survived over time, but has grown in an increasingly demanding, competitive and changing world."

 

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