Mutua Ligure – Società di mutuo soccorso
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The purpose of this paper is to analyze mutualism as a way to offer potential solutions to growing social needs often not adequately satisfied by the public policies through a process that could be subsidiary and plural. We will describe the case of Mutua Ligure, a mutual benefit society (MBS) carrying out its activities in health and healthcare fields. Mutua Ligure has been created in 2013 thanks to the efforts of some national and local Third Sector organizations that wanted to constitute a legal entity which could operate as a supplementary health fund open to all citizens residing in Liguria territory. Indeed the openness to territory would have given the MBS great influence in order to empower its users when it is time to negotiate rates with health facilities. Moreover, mutualism allows the maximization of social resources invested since the focus of all services must be on people and their needs and this foster the development of solidaristic relations. All this in a subsidiary and supplementary way to already existing welfare policies.