Health Creation through a Welsh Currency
Prevention and Wellbeing as a Basis for Economic Wealth
the old ages it is known that an unhappy mind creates an unhappy body.
The more poverty and unemployment abound, the more sickness results and
sick leave and suicide are the consequences.
proposal suggests that a ‘regional currency’ can be used by Health
Authorities in Powys and Wales in order to
Pay for services that cannot be offered due to lack of Sterling
Enable patients to purchase preventive measures that they can not
Care for the elderly in a way that entitles future generations to
Western Mail published on June 18th 2003 that the rate of breast
cancer is higher in Wales than in the rest of the UK. Mindful of the links between poverty, unhappiness and health,
the Wales Assembly of Women has put a regional currency for Wales on its
agenda with the following goals:
to find partnership organisations for the education in the
requirements and benefits of a regional currency
to co-operate with organisations that initiate the mechanisms for
a regional currency as an on-going learning process
to set up monitoring procedures that measure the impact of a
regional currency on people’s health.
Wales Institute of Community Currencies at the Centre for Community
and Lifelong Learning of the University of Wales College, Newport has
already been appointed as ‘expert guardians’ with not only experience on the
ground but also access to academic knowledge.
first Money, Money, Money event has already demonstrated the problems of
our current monetary system and complementary currencies as a solution.
Close cooperation in the design and the use of a ‘Welsh Pound’ as regional currency is now desirable to prevent the disastrous effects of the Euro that are experienced on the continent.
a ‘road map’, the document CurrencyWales.com
was written in October 2001 and distributed to all Assembly Members. It is
now recommended to
develop the right ‘monetary medium’ for the right health
time credits can be recorded for voluntary caring
publicly created money can be issued by public Health Authorities
mutually created money can be administered through ‘passbooks’
share the evidence and testimonials from experiences of the past
health credits in Japan are the most popular device to compensate
for the lack of finance in public health services
LETS and mental health is a program that enabled mental health
users to get additional care through Local Exchange Trading Systems
build on the experiences gained world-wide and apply best
practices to the Health Services in Powys and Wales: a first conference on Health
Creation and Wealth Creation will be organised by the Wales
Assembly of Women on September 20th.