If you have no insurance or a high deductible and need immediate care or a primary physician, costs could be out of your range. But, a new facilty on West Main St. called Medical Walk-in, Urgent and Primary Care has opened up offering rates as low as $49 for treatment.
Dr. Usman Ramzan opened the 1,900 square foot facility Sept. 6.
“I was looking for an area that had a need for medical care for those without insurance or with high deductibles,” said Ramzan.
The facility does not take insurance, but you can get a form to send to your insurance company to get reimbursed all costs. Payment must be made at time of service.
“By not contracting with insurance companies our overhead is 40-50 percent less,” said Ramzan. “The money saved eventually goes towards the patients care.”
Ramzan is the only doctor at the facility and believes patients should see the same doctor with each visit.
“I am here everyday,” said Ramzan. “You will not be shuffled off to an assistant.”
Almost anything you would go to the emergency room for can be done at the facility. Ramzan, who has been a doctor for 10 years, also is a primary care physician and offers physicals for $69.
Costs are a flat rate. If you need extras like a urinalysis, or blood test, they are included.
Ramzan said this insures patients do not get extra tests or unneeded medication in order to make extra money.
“I think ‘would I put my dad through that test’,” before I order anything,” said Ramzan. “I will treat you like I would my family.”
Dr. Ramzan was born in Boston, MA and grew up in Milford, CT. He attended Jonathan Law High School in Milford and graduated Salutatorian of his class. He went on to Boston University on an academic scholarship and attained a B.A. Biology degree Magna Cum Laude. Ramzan then earned his M.D. from the Boston University School of Medicine in 2001 with Honors in both his Medicine and Surgery clerkships. He then concluded his medical education at Brown University’s Internal Medicine Program where he completed his Internship and Residency training. Ramzan became a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2004. He has been a Clinical Instructor for Yale Medical Students.
Previously to coming to New Britain, Ramzan was a physician in North Haven and was looking to build a facility in Orange. He met Developer Avner Krohn, who owns the building the facility is in, and instantly knew he wanted to be in New Britain.
“The community is very business friendly and on the upswing and I want to be part of that high surf,” said Ramzan. “I think the City will support this.”
“We had some medical space and it was a great opportunity for him,” said Krohn. “He is well organized and has made a big investment in the city. It is a great service and I think he will bring in people to the City. He is a great example of a well educated person coming to New Britain.”
Another attraction for Ramzan was the artsy feel of New Britain.
“I went to the visitor’s center and saw the artwork and thought it was kind of energizing,” he said.
The medical facility features the artwork of Peny Zhu, who works at the center.
There are four exam rooms and a large waiting area.
Since patients do not need to fill out insurance paperwork, wait time to see the doctor is approximately five minutes. There is free patient parking in back of the office. Polish, Spanish and Chinese are also spoken by employees at the facility.
Ramzan is also a Concierge Care Doctor. For a monthly fee, he offers patients his personal cell phone number, email address, unlimited follow-up visits, extended medical visits and extended weekend and evening hours.
“I will get right back to you with information,” he said. “I can take care of 200-300 patients a year with the program.”
The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at near City Hall at 105B West Main St. For more information call 860-827-1061 or visit their website at email@example.com.