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LLM: Environment is also important for the mutual benefit societies

In the Belgian health insurance system, it is said that mutual societies assume the role of patients’ advocates. Therefore they can consider it as one of their duties to pay attention to the environmental health threats. In fact they have created an inter-mutualist workgroup to work on those topics by giving information and, in the near future, by collaborating on a scientific research project.

In 2010, Mr. Geert Messiaen, General Secretary of the Belgian National Union of Liberal Mutualities initiated this new working area in the philosophy that all Belgian mutual societies should work together in the field of health promotion. In his third book, ‘Uitdagingen voor de ziekenfondsen in de eenentwintigste eeuw’ (Challenges of the mutual societies in the twenty-first century), he considers the environment as one of the major points of interest for the Belgian mutual societies today and in the near future.

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Originally posted on 20 June 2012

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