Federal Ministry of Health (Germany)

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Federal Ministry of Health
Bundesministerium für Gesundheit (BMG)
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Agency overview
Formed 1961
Jurisdiction Government of Germany
Headquarters Rochusstraße 1
53123 Bonn
Friedrichstraße 108
10117 Berlin
Employees 700
Minister responsible Hermann Gröhe, Federal Minister of Health
Agency executives Annette Widmann-Mauz, Parliamentary State Secretary
Ingrid Fischbach, Parliamentary State Secretary
Annette Widmann-Mauz, Permanent State Secretary
Website http://www.bmg.bund.de

The Federal Ministry of Health (German: Bundesministerium für Gesundheit), abbreviated BMG, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its headquarters are located in Bonn with a second major office in Berlin. It is the highest German federal government department responsible for health. The ministry is officially located in Bonn and with a second office, which houses the ministry's management, location in Berlin.[1]

History[edit]

The Federal Ministry of Health was founded in 1961; in 1969 it was merged with the Federal Ministry for Family and Youth to create the new Federal Ministry for Youth, Family and Health.

In 1991, the Federal Ministry of Health was restored. In 2002, it was expanded to include social affairs and renamed "Federal Ministry of Health and Social Security" (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit und Soziale Sicherung). In 2005 it was again reduced to health, and responsibility for social affairs was moved to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social affairs (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales).

The Ministerial building in Bonn
Second office on Friedrichstraße in Berlin

Ministers[edit]

Political Party:       CDU       CSU       SPD       Green       FDP

Name
(Born-Died)
Party Term of Office Chancellor
(Cabinet)
Federal Minister for Health Affairs
Elisabeth Schwarzhaupt
(1901–1986)
CDU 14 November 1961 30 November 1966 Adenauer (IV • V)
Erhard (I • II)
Käte Strobel
(1907–1996)
SPD 1 December 1966 21 October 1969 Kiesinger
(I)
Federal Minister for Youth, Family and Health
Käte Strobel
(1907–1996)
SPD 22 October 1969 15 December 1972 Brandt
(I)
Dr. Katharina Focke
(b. 1922)
SPD 15 December 1972 14 December 1976 Brandt (II)
Schmidt (I)
Antje Huber
(b. 1924)
SPD 16 December 1976 28 April 1982 Schmidt
(II • III)
Anke Fuchs
(b. 1937)
SPD 28 April 1982 1 October 1982 Schmidt
(III)
Dr. Heiner Geißler
(b. 1930)
CDU 4 October 1982 26 September 1985 Kohl
(III)
Prof. Rita Süssmuth
(b. 1937)
CDU 26 September 1985 5 June 1986 Kohl
(II)
Federal Minister for Youth, Family, Women and Health
Prof. Rita Süssmuth
(b. 1937)
CDU 6 June 1986 9 December 1988 Kohl
(IIIII)
Prof. Ursula Lehr
(b. 1930)
CDU 9 December 1988 18 January 1991 Kohl
(III)
Federal Minister for Health
Gerda Hasselfeldt
(b. 1950)
CSU 18 January 1991 6 May 1992 Kohl
(IV)
Horst Seehofer
(b. 1949)
CSU 6 May 1992 26 October 1998 Kohl
(IVV)
Andrea Fischer
(b. 1960)
Green 27 October 1998 12 January 2001 Schröder
(I)
Ulla Schmidt
(b. 1949)
SPD 12 January 2001 22 October 2002
Federal Minister for Health and Social Security
Ulla Schmidt
(b. 1949)
SPD 22 October 2002 22 November 2005 Schröder
(II)
Federal Minister for Health
Ulla Schmidt
(b. 1949)
SPD 22 November 2005 27 October 2009 Merkel
(I)
Philipp Rösler
(b. 1973)
FDP 28 October 2009 12 May 2011 Merkel
(II)
Daniel Bahr
(b. 1976)
FDP 12 May 2011 17 December 2013
Hermann Gröhe
(b. 1961)
CDU 17 December 2013 Incumbent Merkel
(III)

Responsibilities of the Federal Ministry of Health[edit]

See also: Health in Germany

The Federal Ministry of Health is responsible for:

  • maintaining the effectiveness and efficiency of the statutory health insurance and long-term care insurance systems
  • maintaining and enhancing the quality of the health care system
  • strengthening the interests of patients
  • maintaining economic viability and stabilization of contribution levels
  • preventive and prophylactic healthcare
  • the Protection against Infection Act (Infektionsschutzgesetz, or IfSG)
  • establishing guidelines for the manufacture, clinical trial, approval, distribution channels and monitoring of medicines and medical devices. The objectives are:
    • quality, medical efficacy and safety
    • safety of biological medical products such as blood products
  • narcotics and addiction risk prevention
  • prevention, rehabilitation and disability policy
    • medical and occupational rehabilitation
    • disability law
    • providing assistance to the disabled and promoting their interests
  • European and international health policy, including the work of the Federal Government Narcotics Officer and the patients' ombudsman.

Supervisory role[edit]

The Federal Ministry of Health is responsible for the comprehensive[2] (disciplinary) supervision of the following governmental institutions:

The Federal Ministry of Health is also responsible for the non-disciplinary supervision[3] of

and the legal supervision[4] of the umbrella organizations of the statutory health insurance schemes.

See also[edit]

  • In Europe - European Commission - Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection (SANCO)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Ministry of Health http://www.bmg.bund.de/ministerium/english-version/ministry.html Official website] (English) retrieved 1-Jun-2012
  2. ^ Fach- und Dienstaufsicht, includes review of decisions and behavior of staff of those institutions
  3. ^ Fachaufsicht, includes review of decisions of staff of those institutions (not merely their legality)
  4. ^ Rechtsaufsicht, includes review of legality of actions of those institutions


This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2007-02-01 of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

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