For the last 55 years, 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 $3.8 million has been given in assistance payments to about 740 physicians and their families since the PBF was established in 1961 with a $2,500 donation from the late May Owen, MD, a Fort Worth pathologist and past president of TMA.
PBF remains alive today because of the generosity of TMA members willing to share financially with less fortunate colleagues and families. Contributions are tax-deductible, and may be in the form of honoraria or memorials.
Contributions may be made online HERE or sent to:
The Physicians Benevolent Fund
Texas Medical Association
401 W. 15th St.
Austin, TX 78701-1680
Applications for assistance are reviewed by members of the Committee on Physicians Benevolent Fund each May and September, with the committee acting on emergency cases in the interim. All applicants must complete a confidential questionnaire containing personal financial information to be considered. If you are a physician in need or know of a physician in need, please contact PBF today.
For additional information regarding contributions or eligibility criteria, contact Chris Johnson at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1602, or (512) 370-1602, or PBF@texmed.org.