Direct Relief operates the largest charitable medicine program in the United States.
Safety Net Support
Nonprofit health centers and clinics are a critical part of America’s healthcare safety net. These facilities provide comprehensive, culturally competent health services to more than 23 million U.S. residents each year. More than 72 percent of patients have incomes below the federal poverty level and roughly 35% lack health insurance.
Access to affordable prescription medication is an obstacle that patients at health centers and community clinics face every day. Direct Relief helps tackle this challenge by providing needed medications and supplies to those who need it most, on an ongoing basis and during disasters. >>> Safety Net Support Program
Direct Relief’s Replenishment Program is an innovative approach to distributing pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to community clinics and health centers. Direct Relief has developed partnerships with multiple healthcare manufacturers that donate needed medications and supplies, and leverages economies of scale to offer these products to safety net clinics and health centers from a single source at no cost. The program provides an alternative to navigating individual Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs). >>> Replenishment Program
Direct Relief provides targeted assistance to help safety net providers prepare for and respond to emergencies. Response efforts—which include distribution of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, personal care items, equipment, and cash—are swift, involve local partners, and are coordinated with other nonprofit organizations and public health authorities to ensure the most effective use of resources. >>> Emergency Preparedness and Response Activities
A Nationwide Network
Every month, Direct Relief informs partner clinics of available medicines and medical supplies. Through the Direct Relief Network, partner health centers and clinics order what they need for low-income, uninsured patients, and Direct Relief ships the requested items at no cost. Since 2004, Direct Relief has provided more than $500 million in medical aid to the U.S. alone. >>> become a Direct Relief partner.
Direct Relief’s donations continue to provide essential medical supplies and help us to divert funds that would have been spent on these items to other critical needs.” Frances E. Isbell, M.A., Executive Director, Healthcare for the Homeless, Houston, TX