December 18, 2019

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Medical student Arjun Watane, Shanna Keinkel, Alfredo Collado, Pedro Ramos, Steve Kerrick, Dr. Zivko Gajic, front desk supervisor Martha Sanders and Scott Phipps were among the staff at Advanced Urgent Care on a recent Friday morning.

Theresa Java/Free Press Medical student Arjun Watane, Shanna Keinkel, Alfredo Collado, Pedro Ramos, Steve Kerrick, Dr. Zivko Gajic, front desk supervisor Martha Sanders and Scott Phipps were among the staff at Advanced Urgent Care on a recent Friday morning.

KEY LARGO — Advanced Urgent Care is waging war on high healthcare costs with a new membership plan for local employers, according to facility founder and cardiologist Dr. Bruce Boros, M.D.

“We are starting a grass-roots movement to change the paradigm of healthcare. We’re going to bring high-quality healthcare and we’re going to make it affordable,” he said. “I’ve never seen so many uninsured people in my life.”

Advanced Urgent Care is offering a new optional healthcare program to local employers and their employees. The cost is a one-time registration fee of $50 per employee and $99 per employee each month thereafter.

The membership plan can be extended to an employee’s spouse for $81 per month and children 6 months and older for $75 per month per child.

The high cost of healthcare often prohibits people from seeking medical treatment, Boros said. He opened the Upper Keys’ facility in June 2018 to join the flagship Key West facility which opened in 2013.

“We’re here to help people successfully manage their health and combat the hyperinflation of medical care and medication,” Boros said.

Included in the plan is a basket of coverage including annual screenings, acute care visits, EKGs, flu shots, urinalysis and minor surgical procedures, among other services, all without co-pays, coinsurance or deductibles.

The health program can be canceled at any time.

“These services go well beyond the value of the program,” Boros said. “The concept goes along with what I’ve been saying since practicing medicine. ‘If you’re going to do the job, you have got to do it well.’”

Advance Urgent Care is open every day of the year, including holidays, and stocks frequently used medications.

Health program members also receive a 10% discount on computerized tomography, or CT scans, and diagnostics.

The cost of a CT scan at Advanced Urgent Care is $370, while hospitals may charge upwards of $2,000, according to Boros.

All diagnostic results are read by a board-certified radiologist.

Richard Graefe, a healthcare consultant on Boros’ staff, said, “This option is priced well-below any other healthcare provider. It’s an affordable healthcare option to serve the needs of the community.

“This cuts down on employee absenteeism. It helps with employee retention and keeps everyone healthy,” he added. “This isn’t being offered at any other urgent care clinic that we know of. This is being offered in Key Largo.”

The western entrance of Advanced Urgent Care is being devoted to heart patients. The specialty of cardiovascular medicine will be brought on-line beginning next year.

Boros, a cardiologist with 40 years of experience, and cardiologist Dr. Richard Berger, M.D., with more than 50 years of experience, will offer heart stress tests, EKGs and respective case management to heart patients in the cardiology wing.

As for the employee healthcare option, Boros said, “Satisfaction is guaranteed. If anyone is unhappy, they’ll get to talk to me and I will solve the problem.”

Boros’ son Aaron, who serves as the facility’s executive director, is also available to help program participants.

Next door to the clinic is Med-Care Infusion Services, a full pharmacy, medical equipment supplier and home health services provider. It is offering discounts of up to 50% on certain supplies and services to those mentioning “Advanced Urgent Care,” according to director of operations Douglas Villalba.

Advanced Urgent Care is located at 100460 Overseas Highway. The facility accepts walk-ins and most health insurance plans, and offers a discount to cash payers. A list of these prices and more information is available under the FAQ page at urgentcarefloridakeys.com.

Advanced Urgent Care hours are 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the AUC membership program, call 786-463-6237 or email membership@urgentcarefloridakeys.com.

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