The Public Health Foundation

The Public Health Foundation is a not-for-profit organization which is authorized to conclude binding agreements as a legal entity under German civil law. Established in 1996 under the supervision of the State Department of the Interior, the foundation is constantly monitored by the responsible legal body, the foundation’s regulatory authority (Stiftungsaufsichtsbehörde). The Public Health Foundation operates throughout Germany. It is independent of the influences of government, political parties, industry, ideological or other organizations. Board and committee members are appointed from all over the country. The founder, a general practitioner in the North of Germany, requested to remain anonymous. His motivation in helping patients above and beyond the provision of medical care on a daily basis is reflected in the Charter of the Public Health Foundation. The tasks deriving from these objectives are deeply rooted in the foundation’s activities and form the basis of all its work.

Finance and Funding

The Public Health Foundation’s financial resources derive in part from donations as well as proceeds from its invested capital. However, in accordance with the principle of social entrepreneurship, the Public Health Foundation generates the largest part of its funding through the projects it carries out. All financial resources of the Foundation are devoted to fulfilling its statutory tasks.

Statutory Objectives

As stipulated in the Charter of the Public Health Foundation, the purpose of the Foundation is to promote transparency in healthcare and provide practical guidance for consumers.

Arzt-Auskunft (Doctor Search)
Medical Journalism Prize (Publizistik-Preis)
Certifications: Seal of Quality for trustworthy sources of information (Zertifizierung)

Find out more about the Public Health Foundation in the introductory brochure (PDF, 750 KB; German)
Read about interesting topics and get a look behind the scenes in our blog (German)
Find answers to frequently asked questions in the FAQ-Section (German)