What Is Group Health Cooperative?


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Group Health Cooperative is a Seattle-based, nonprofit health care system that is member-governed and coordinates health care and coverage. Its mission is to enrich the lives of its members by improving their health. Established in 1947, it serves the needs of residents in Washington state and northern Idaho.

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The principal core values the cooperative professes are customer priority, excellent service, innovation, affordability and integrity. It began as a small community group committed to making health care affordable and available to its members. Group Health Cooperative remains to this day one of the few health care groups in the country governed by its members. The group has an 11-person board composed of members that works closely with management and medical staff to make sure that the needs of its members are a top priority every step of the way.

Group Health Cooperative offers a range of plans that help fit the needs and wishes of both large and small employers. It offers both a physician network in which members can choose particular doctors and health care professionals allied with the cooperative and a point-of-service plan in which members can choose a physician outside of the network and pay higher out-of-pocket costs. Group Health Physicians serve in the medical staff of major hospitals and clinics that are part of the cooperative's network.

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