Federal Ministry of Health (Germany)

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.[2]

Federal Ministry of Health
Bundesministerium für Gesundheit (BMG)
BMG Logo.svg
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Germany
  • Rochusstraße 1
    53123 Bonn
  • Friedrichstraße 108
    10117 Berlin
Annual budget41.250 billion (2020)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • Annette Widmann-Mauz, Parliamentary State Secretary
  • Ingrid Fischbach, Parliamentary State Secretary
  • Annette Widmann-Mauz, Permanent State Secretary
Websitewww.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de Edit this at Wikidata


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). It was headed by the Federal Minister for Health and Social Security. Its portfolio included one part of the former Federal Ministry of Labour and the Social Order. The other part of the latter was added to the portfolio of the newly created Federal Ministry for Economics and Labour. Under the grand coalition headed by Angela Merkel in 2005, the portfolio reshuffle was reversed and responsibility for social affairs was moved back to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social affairs (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales).

Jens Spahn
The Ministerial building in Bonn
Second office on Friedrichstraße in Berlin


Political Party:   CDU   CSU   SPD   Green   FDP

Portrait Party Term of Office Chancellor
Federal Minister for Health Affairs
Elisabeth Schwarzhaupt
  CDU 14 November 1961 30 November 1966 Adenauer (IV • V)
Erhard (I • II)
Käte Strobel
  SPD 1 December 1966 21 October 1969 Kiesinger
Federal Minister for Youth, Family and Health
Käte Strobel
  SPD 22 October 1969 15 December 1972 Brandt
Dr. Katharina Focke
  SPD 15 December 1972 14 December 1976 Brandt (II)
Schmidt (I)
Antje Huber
  SPD 16 December 1976 28 April 1982 Schmidt
(II • III)
Anke Fuchs
  SPD 28 April 1982 1 October 1982 Schmidt
Dr. Heiner Geißler
  CDU 4 October 1982 26 September 1985 Kohl
Prof. Rita Süssmuth
(b. 1937)
  CDU 26 September 1985 5 June 1986 Kohl
Federal Minister for Youth, Family, Women and Health
Prof. Rita Süssmuth
(b. 1937)
  CDU 6 June 1986 9 December 1988 Kohl
Prof. Ursula Lehr
(b. 1930)
  CDU 9 December 1988 18 January 1991 Kohl
Federal Minister for Health
Gerda Hasselfeldt
(b. 1950)
  CSU 18 January 1991 6 May 1992 Kohl
Horst Seehofer
(b. 1949)
  CSU 6 May 1992 26 October 1998 Kohl
Andrea Fischer
(b. 1960)
  Green 27 October 1998 12 January 2001 Schröder
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
Federal Minister for Health
Ulla Schmidt
(b. 1949)
  SPD 22 November 2005 27 October 2009 Merkel
Philipp Rösler
(b. 1973)
  FDP 28 October 2009 12 May 2011 Merkel
Daniel Bahr
(b. 1976)
  FDP 12 May 2011 17 December 2013
Hermann Gröhe
(b. 1961)
  CDU 17 December 2013 14 March 2018 Merkel
Jens Spahn
(b. 1980)
  CDU 14 March 2018 Incumbent Merkel

Responsibilities of the Federal Ministry of HealthEdit

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 roleEdit

The Federal Ministry of Health is responsible for the comprehensive[3] (disciplinary) supervision of the following governmental institutions:

The Federal Ministry of Health is also responsible for the non-disciplinary supervision[4] of

and the legal supervision[5] of the umbrella organizations of the statutory health insurance schemes.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bundeshaushalt". www.bundeshaushalt.de. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  2. ^ Federal Ministry of Health Official website (in English) retrieved 1-Jun-2012
  3. ^ Fach- und Dienstaufsicht, includes review of decisions and behavior of staff of those institutions
  4. ^ Fachaufsicht, includes review of decisions of staff of those institutions (not merely their legality)
  5. ^ Rechtsaufsicht, includes review of legality of actions of those institutions

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