Ministry of Health of Germany

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Federal Ministry of Health
Bundesministerium für Gesundheit
Bundesadler Bundesorgane.svg
Agency overview
Formed 1961
Jurisdiction Government of Germany
Headquarters Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Minister responsible Philipp Rösler, Bundesminister für Gesundheit
Website
www.bmg.bund.de/

The Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) is a Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. The ministry's headquarters are still in Bonn and the second office is in Berlin.

History[change | change source]

The Federal Ministry of Health Services (German: Bundesministerium für Gesundheitswesen) was formed in 1961. Between 1969 and 1991 it was part of the Federal Ministry of Youth, Family, and Health or Youth, Family, Women and Health

It became independent again as the Federal Ministry of Health in 1991. In 2002 it took over control of Social Security, but the in Federal Ministry of Health and Social Security (German: Bundesministerium für Gesundheit und Soziale Sicherung) only lasted for three years. In 2005 it was reduced to just health, and the Social security part of its work went to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (German: Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales)

Ministers[change | change source]

Federal Ministry of Health Services 1961 1969
Minister Party Term start Term end
Elisabeth Schwarzhaupt CDU 1961 1966
Käte Strobel SPD 1966-1969
Federal Ministry of Youth, Family and Health 1969 1986
Käte Strobel SPD 1969 1972
Katharina Focke SPD 1972 1976
Antje Huber SPD 1976 1982
Anke Fuchs SPD 1982 1982[1]
Heiner Geißler CDU 1982 1985
Rita Süssmuth CDU 1985 1986
Federal Ministry of Youth, Family, Women and Health 1986 1991
Rita Süssmuth CDU 1986 1988
Ursula von Lehr CDU 1988 1991
Federal Ministry of Health 1991 2002
Gerda Hasselfeldt CSU 1991 1992
Horst Seehofer CSU 1992 1998
Andrea Fischer Bündnis 90/Die Grünen 1998 2001
Ulla Schmidt SPD 2001 2002
Federal Ministry of Health and Social Security 2002 2005
Ulla Schmidt SPD 2002 2005
Federal Ministry of Health 2005 to date
Ulla Schmidt SPD 2005 2009
Philipp Rösler FDP 2009

Jobs of the BMG[change | change source]

Some of the jobs of the federal Ministry of Health are:

  • Keeping efficient the
    • legal health insurance system
    • nursing insurance system
  • Protecting and improving the quality of the health service
  • Protecting the interests of the patients
  • Keeping membership rates
  • Promote good health and prevention, including
  •  :Infection protection law

Other agencies[change | change source]

The BMG oversees:

  • Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Products (German: Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte)(BfArM) in Bonn
  • Federal Centre for Health Education (German: Bundeszentrale für Gesundlichheit Aufklärung)(BZgA) in Cologne
  • German institute for medical documentation and information (German: Deutsches Institut für medizinische Dokumentation und Information) (DIMDI) in Cologne
  • Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (Pei), (Federal Office of Serums and vaccines) (German: Bundesamt für Sera und Impfstoffe)in Langen (Hesse.)
  • Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) in Berlin

Other health ministries[change | change source]

  • The European commission deals with health matters through either the health and consumer protection office or the office for occupation, social matters and equal opportunities
  • The state health ministries in Germany are often part of the state Department of Social Security. *In Austrian health is part of the Federal Ministry of Health and Women
  • In Switzerland the health department is part of the Ministry of the Interior in Bern.

References[change | change source]

  1. Six months

Other websites[change | change source]

Official website