GÖG was established on 1 August 2006 on the basis of a federal statute, as a national research and planning institute for health care and a competence and funding centre of health promotion.
ÖBIG (Österreichisches Bundesinstitut für Gesundheitswesen) and FGÖ (Fonds Gesundes Österreich), institutions established in 1973 and 1998, respectively, have become business units integrated in the GÖG structure, with GÖG as their universal legal successor. On 1 July 2007, the third business unit was founded: BIQG (Bundesinstitut für Qualität im Gesundheitswesen).
This set-up permits a good coordination of structural planning, health promotion and quality assurance. The structure of a holding company creates synergy from which all stakeholders in Austria’s health care system, and thus all citizens of Austria, may benefit.
GÖG has one shareholder: the Austrian Federal Government, represented by the Federal Minister of Health. In the context of its research activities, GÖG is not bound by instructions from its shareholder.
GÖG has two subsidiaries: Gesundheit Österreich Forschungs- und Planungs GmbH provides services for public institutions, while Gesundheit Österreich Beratungs GmbH works for clients in the private business sector.GÖG Act (Federal Collection of Statutes BGBl I 2006/132) (in German)