The Terry Reilly Board of Directors established the Zero Pay Fund in February 2003 to advance two of Terry Reilly’s Core Values: "accessibility" and "excellent care that is affordable." Former Terry Reilly Medical Director Dr. Bob LeBow had long dreamed of establishing such a fund. His patients told him regularly of having to choose between buying their medications and putting food on the table. The Board recognized that even the discounted fees offered by Terry Reilly could be overwhelming to some of the most vulnerable patients, discouraging them from seeking needed care.
Proceeds from Dr. LeBow's book, Health Care Meltdown, initially funded the Zero Pay Fund. Continuing support is made possible by private donations, grants, and proceeds of the annual Bob LeBow Bike Tour—Health Care for All. Additional Zero Pay Funds will empower Terry Reilly to continue helping our most vulnerable neighbors.
Over the last nine years, the Bob LeBow Bike Tour has raised over $262,000 for the Zero Pay Fund. This fund allows the normal co-pays for our neediest patients to be waived up front, either for one visit or up to 6 months. These adults and children can then obtain the medical, dental, or mental health care they need with dignity and in a timely fashion, avoiding expensive hospital treatment.
Susan is 35, a single mom with three children and unemployed. She has diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Susan has no health insurance. The father of her children is not in the picture and there is no child support. It’s no surprise that Susan struggles to pay her rent and utility bills. Because of cost, Susan has been canceling her doctor appointments. She has not been getting her medications either, even though she qualifies for a discount at Terry Reilly’s pharmacy.
Without medications, her chances of getting her diabetes under control are slim to none. Who would take care of her children if her blood pressure and cholesterol cause her to have a stroke or a heart attack? Who would care for her if she loses her eyesight or a limb to uncontrolled diabetes?
Luckily, the Zero Pay Fund is there for Susan and covers her share of the bill. Now Susan does not have to choose between paying the rent and paying for her pills. She won’t need to cancel her appointments because she can’t afford to pay. Thanks to the Zero Pay Fund, Susan will be there for her own and her children’s future.