By DAVID BRUCE, Erie Times-News
JULY 13, 2013 — Izbicki Family Medicine has already kicked Medicare out of its office. On Sept. 15, the Erie practice will cut ties with all commercial health insurers, including Highmark, UPMC Health Plan and HealthAmerica. “We are going insurance-free,” said Harry Izbicki, D.O., who owns the practice, at 3424 Peach St., with his brother, Jon Izbicki, D.O. “Patients will pay a monthly fee and receive unlimited office visits.” Stagnant insurance reimbursement rates and rising health-care costs have convinced the Izbicki brothers to create one of Pennsylvania’s first insurance-free primary-care practices, according to the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Other doctors, including Millcreek Township physician Jack Yakish, M.D., have converted to what is commonly called a “concierge practice,” but this is different, said Harry Izbicki, 38.