Erie’s First Direct Primary Care Practice – Izbicki Family Medicine

Direct Primary Care Is Growing

Beginning in September 2013, Izbicki Family Medicine is excited to pioneer Erie’s 1st insurance-medical practice, known as Direct Primary Care.  As a Direct Primary Care Practice, Izbicki Family Medicine will operate on a monthly membership, which provides unlimited access to a private physician without worrying about paying co-payments, coinsurances or deductibles because they believe that patients do not need to pay extra when they are concerned about their health. Because Izbicki Family Medicine will be an insurance-free practice, they will offer many services free of charge, in order to maximize their patient’s health.  Izbicki Family Medicine will also be offering wholesale medications, lab tests and discounted radiology services, which will be of substantial savings to patients.

Izbicki Family Medicine In The News

This month Izbicki Family Medicine was featured in the Erie Times-News by David Bruce where Jon Izbicki explained how it works for patients:

“At Izbicki Family Medicine, individual patients will pay $65 a month out of pocket, couples will pay $125 a month, and families with one child will pay $135 a month with an extra $5 a month for each additional child.”

“The fee will cover all office visits. The practice will also have an in-house pharmacy, where patients can get common generic prescriptions at wholesale cost”, Jon Izbicki said.

“We will carry most of the ‘bread-and-butter’ drugs, like generic cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes drugs,” Jon Izbicki said. “The price for most will be far less than what patients would pay out of pocket at a pharmacy.”

Izbicki Family Medicine is also contracting with Quest Diagnostics to provide blood work at a reduced cost to the practice’s patients at Associated Clinical Laboratories, Harry Izbicki said. The practice is also negotiating with a local diagnostic service for a similar deal on X-rays, CT scans and MRIs.

The Izbickis said they realize an insurance-free practice isn’t for everyone. About 150 of their 3,000 patients have left since the doctors announced their intentions in June.

“We are prepared to lose up to 70 percent of our patients,” Harry Izbicki said, “though we hope to keep as many as we can.”

“We know it’s not for everybody,” Jon Izbicki said. “It’s probably not for people who have insurance with a zero deductible.”

The Izbickis said they believe going insurance free will enable them to spend more time with their patients. Appointments at their office are scheduled to last 30 minutes, an average they said they wouldn’t be able to maintain if they kept accepting insurance.

Stagnant reimbursement rates have forced many doctors to squeeze more patients into their schedules so their practice doesn’t lose money.

“We are hearing from our friends in hospital-owned practices that they are getting pressured to see 10 to 12 patients an hour (in 2014),” Jon Izbicki said. “Seeing a patient every six to 10 minutes, I can’t even look at a patient’s chart and say hello in six minutes, let alone find out what’s wrong.”

Kathie Gausman, 65, is sticking with the Izbickis even though she has a Medicare HMO plan that costs her $198 a month. One reason is that she has been a patient with the practice for 49 years, originally seeing the brothers’ grandfather, Harry C. Izbicki, D.O.

“It wasn’t a tough decision,” Gausman said. “You pay for trips, you buy things. I’m investing in my health care.”

READ FULL STORY On GoErie.com

EXTRAS

About the Practice

About the Izbicki’s

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Jonathon A. Izbicki, DO

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Harry P. Izbicki, DO

Both Drs. Izbicki are Erie natives and are committed to the Erie community. They have followed in the footsteps of their grandfather, Dr. Harry C. Izbicki, DO, and his brother Dr. Robert J. Izbicki, DO.

Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Active membership in American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Saint Vincent Health Center Family Medicine Residency. 2002 graduates of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Undergraduate degrees from Gannon University (Dr. Harry) and Pennsylvania State University (Dr. Jon), respectively. Cathedral Preparatory School alumni.

To learn more about Izbecki Family Medicine you can visit thier website: http://doctoriz.com or email them office@doctoriz.com

Follow them as they grow on Facebook and Twitter:
https://www.facebook.com/IzbickiFamilyMedicineErie
https://twitter.com/DOCTORIZ

Izbicki Family Medicine is located:

3424 Peach St.

Erie, PA 16508

814-864-3749

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