Since 1961, Texas Medical Association's Physicians Benevolent Fund (PBF) has helped Texas physicians and their families in need. Each month, the fund helps recipients with personal expenses such as rent or mortgage, utilities, insurance, medical bills, clothing, and food. Some recipients are elderly and not practicing medicine, some are disabled or ill, and some are widowed and raising families.
More than $3.9 million has been given in assistance payments to over 750 physicians and their families since PBF was established with a $2,500 donation from the late May Owen, MD, a Fort Worth pathologist and past president of TMA.
All applicants must complete a confidential questionnaire containing personal financial information to be considered.
Applications are reviewed by members of The Physicians Benevolent Fund Committee each May and September, with the committee acting on emergency cases in the interim.
If eligible, a home visit is scheduled to determine extent of need and offer alternate resources.
Eligibility criteria include:
PBF remains alive today because of the generosity of TMA members willing to share financially with less fortunate colleagues and families. PBF is a 501(c)(3) organization; therefore, your charitable contribution(s) are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by federal law and may be in the form of honoraria or memorials.
Contributions are accepted online with the link provided at the top of this page or mailed to:
The Physicians Benevolent FundTexas Medical Association401 W. 15th St.Austin, Texas 78701-1680
NEW: Text "CARING" to 56512
For additional information regarding contributions or eligibility criteria, contact Chris Johnson at:
(800) 880-1300, ext. 1602, or (512) 370-1602, or pbf[at]texmed[dot]org.
APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE
Assistance available for licensed Texas physicians who cannot afford treatment.
PBF WELLNESS FUND