The Public Health Foundation Support Association

The Public Health Foundation Support Association was established in 1999. At that time, more and more individuals were approaching the Public Health Foundation wishing to become members and support its work. Due to its legal form, a “foundation” does not allow membership – unlike clubs, societies and associations. Under German law, a foundation is an institution licensed and supervised by the state; a foundation is established legally through a capital endowment. Once one or more founders have irretrievably transferred sufficient capital, the state establishes the foundation as a legal institution.

In contrast to a foundation, an association’s main capital is its members: their input and involvement, as well as their financial contributions. Accordingly, individuals who wanted to support the Public Health Foundation’s work came together in the Public Health Foundation Support Association.

The Support Association’s Mission

The Public Health Foundation Support Association was formed by individuals who identify with the Public Health Foundation’s goals and want to actively support the foundation’s work by taking part in its activities and raising funds. The Public Health Foundation Support Association promotes the activities of the Public Health Foundation and undertakes not-for-profit projects pursuant to its charter.

Satzungsgemäße Aufgaben der Stiftung Gesundheit Fördergemeinschaft:

  • To promote the charitable work of the Public Health Foundation:
    The Support Association fulfills this task, for example, by raising funds. These then help to finance projects run by the Public Health Foundation, such as the project “Accessible Practice”.

  • To promote consumer guidance and protection in the healthcare sector:
    This task involves the support of causes which are designed to inform and educate consumers, for instance, the realization and further development of the “Arzt-Auskunft”. The Arzt-Auskunft is a directory which offers information to consumers on healthcare providers free of charge. It is widely viewed as the most accurate and up to date directory of medical doctors, dentists, psychological psychotherapists and clinics in Germany . The Public Health Foundation is also involved in research in the field of patient satisfaction. The objective here is to help patients find physicians who match their concept of a “good” doctor.
  • To improve the living conditions of people with disabilities:
    This includes stimulating, promoting and developing institutions and providers of information – particularly in healthcare and with regard to healthcare providers – that improve the living conditions of people with disabilities or those at risk of developing disabilities. This task can be fulfilled in collaboration with other institutions.

  • To promote data protection in the healthcare sector:
    One of the tasks of the Public Health Foundation Support Association is to promote data protection in the healthcare sector – offering information and education as well as sponsoring projects concerned with data protection for consumers, patients, insurance clients, and members of medical professions.

For further information about these tasks, the association’s non-profit status and how to apply for membership, please consult the Public Health Foundation Support Association’s charter.