The Value of Healthcare Cooperatives

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Healthcare Management


Healthcare Leadership

First Advisor

Irene Frederick


Healthcare cooperative, Five forces, Disruptive innovation, Clayton Christensen, Michael Porter


Context: The ubiquity of increased cost and low value in the United States healthcare system over the past decade. Objective: To present the history of the cooperative as the means to define how a healthcare cooperative model could interact within the current healthcare delivery system. Design and Setting: Analysis of the dynamic Five Forces created by Michael Porter along with the disruptive influence of Christensen's innovation on each of Porter's Five Forces. Main Outcome: Presentation of a case for the economic viability of the healthcare cooperative as a means of reducing cost and increasing value. Results: The results are based on the input and output generated by each of Porter's Five Forces through the influence of disruptive innovation. Conclusion: The healthcare cooperative serves as a new entrant into the healthcare market and provides not only a solid alternative to meeting patient needs but also provokes competition among rivals in the industry.

Publication Statement

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