Dr Francisco Carreño passes away


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Dr Francisco Carreño passes away

Dr Francisco Carreño, Honorary President of the Espriu Foundation and of ASISA-Lavinia, passed away in Malaga on 8 May. Born in Adra, Almeria, Dr Carreño was a favoured disciple and inseparable colleague of Dr José Espriu, the founder of the co-operative health movement in Spain. Together with him he developed a healthcare structure based on co-operatives, allowing for the independent organisation of medical professionals and the users of health services.

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As President of the Espriu Foundation between 1996 and 2000, he was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the International Health Co-operative Organisation, or IHCO, the health branch of the International Co-operative Alliance, taking on responsibility for the Europe region. In 2000 he was appointed Honorary President.

Between 1980 and 2003 he was President of Asisa-Lavinia, during which time he committed to the social vision of healthcare practice, consolidating Asisa’s leading position in the health insurance market, with more than 1.5 million insureds. Dr Carreño likewise promoted the creation of Asisa’s own Hospital Group, with the aim of guaranteeing the quality of care received by its insureds, and improving the employment conditions of health professionals.

In recognition of his efforts, Asisa set up together with the Miguel Hernández University in Alicante the Dr Francisco Carreño Inclusive Environment Chair, which every year rewards the best practices to foster the integration of people with disability.

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