Assistència Sanitària receives Josep Trueta Award

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29.09.2014

Assistència Sanitària receives Josep Trueta Award

The Autonomous Regional Government of Catalonia bestowed the Josep Trueta Award on Assistència Sanitària at the Palau de la Generalitat in recognition of services provided in the interests of progress and its significant contribution to improving healthcare. These are the highest honours in Catalonia in the field of health, established by the regional government in 1997.

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The Generalitat acknowledges through this award the co-operative healthcare model, highlighting the foundational purpose of Assistència Sanitària to «guarantee that the health problems of insureds are addressed within a health care system allowing for dialogue between doctors and patients on equal terms». Headed by two co-operatives (one for doctors and one for users), the organisations which make up Assistència Sanitària are inspired by the free and voluntary association of individuals. Founded in 1957 and with close on 5,000 doctors voluntarily providing their services, 200,000 users and 1,100 employees, the Assistència Group keeps alive the legacy of Dr Espriu (1914-2002), the creator of the co-operative health movement in Spain, the centenary of whose birth is celebrated this year.

The prestige of the Josep Trueta Awards in the field of health offers recognition of its efforts, and in the words of Dr Ignacio Orce, President of Assistència Sanitària, who received the award with thanks, “it spurs us on to continue doing things well, always at the side of doctors and in collaboration with users, through initiatives which encourage the continuous training of professionals, guaranteeing the enhancement of their employment prospects and of the Catalan health care system as a whole”.

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