Sygekassernes Helsefond was founded in 1973 in response to changes in Danish law regarding provision of health insurance. Previously, health insurance was provided by private companies but reforms in 1973 transferred responsibility to the state, making health care a public matter. The assets that remained after the liquidation of the private companies became part of the foundation. Since the establishment of the foundation, more than DKK 1,400,000,000 have been used to support social and health projects. Each year grants totalling 25 – 40 million kroner are given out.
Initiating, supporting and promoting innovative, usable and relevant research, development and information within the social and health fields.
The foundation supports initiatives, development and research within the social and health sectors. Specifically, the foundation’s programmes address issues facing ethnic minorities, focusing on:
• Disabled children and youth
• Mental disease
• Elderly people
The foundation also focuses on youth in relation to the following:
• Compulsive gambling