By David Rogers, Daily News Staff Writer
OCTOBER 21, 2013 – More than seven years after founding Island Medical Care to provide primary- and urgent care, Dr. Earl Campazzi is leaving that office to open a concierge-style practice.
Rather than having patients come to him, he’ll be making house calls.
His last day at Island Medical Care, in the Royal Poinciana Plaza, is Nov. 20.
The Johns Hopkins and Duke University-trained physician said he will no longer accept payment through health insurance companies but said he will give patients reimbursement forms they can submit to insurers.
“The insurance reimbursement puts pressure on doctors to see patients very quickly in terms of how many per hour,” Campazzi said.
“With me coming to you, you avoid going to a doctor’s office in the cold and flu season,” he said. “I can spend as much time as I need to fully explain everything and answer their questions.”
To participate, patients will pay an annual fee of $3,000, in addition to visit fees that vary depending upon the hour of day and depth of treatment, Campazzi said.
Campazzi entered into a partnership with JFK Medical Center in 2010. Another JFK physician, internal medicine specialist Dr. Stuart Bagatell, confirmed that he expects to be among Campazzi’s replacements at Island Medical Care.
“The tentative plans are for Dr. (Andrew) Fischer and myself to go out that way a couple half-days a week and see some patients. We are working out the details,” said Bagatell, a Tulane University-trained physician.
For more information about Campazzi’s new practice, call 779-8600.