If you’re like many of the hundreds of thousands of Americans that have skin problems, you have probably contemplated seeing a dermatologist. In certain circumstances where your skin is in really bad shape, it makes complete sense to seek professional help.
Some of us think that we have all the answers and don’t need any help from anyone at all. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s most often not the case. A quick trip to the dermatologist can make a world of a difference. It can very much so help identify any potential for cancer of the skin well in advance of any potential future dangers. The question that most people are worried about is the cost factor involved.
Dermatologists across the United States serve millions of individuals from all classes and of various ages. Given that there is such a strong demand for dermatologists, it can often take up to a week or even a month before a dermatologist is able to see you. Most dermatologists require that patients schedule their visits and more often than not, they require their patients to follow up with them on a regular basis. This means that the waiting rooms are packed and the dermatologists are raking in the money. But just how much is the question?
The cost of visiting a dermatologist can vary. The location and economic status of the location are certainly taken into consideration. For those that might live in a more rural area such as Nebraska or Oklahoma, their fee for seeing the dermatologist is going to be far less than an individual seeking treatment in Los Angeles, CA or even New York, NY.
The typical low-end rate for a more economical dermatologist is between $100 and $175 per visit. It’s quite common for patients that can’t afford this rate to negotiate with the office administrator or billing department in order to obtain a lower rate. Some higher end dermatologists may charge $200 or more per visit.
The kicker here is that the typical dermatologist appointment is not long at all. The majority of dermatologist appointments run about 15-20 minutes each.
The more specialized the visit, the more costly it can be. If you’re in desperate need of testing or skin samples or some sort of procedure then these visits can begin to add up very quickly.
If you want to keep your appointment costs to a minimum, there are some techniques that you can incorporate which may help reduce the cost of your visit. One technique that many patients use is asking the dermatology office for an insurance only rate. This can help keep your co-pay and the overall cost of the appointment to a minimum.
You can always choose to see your primary care physician (PCP) at a lower cost versus seeing the dermatologist. A PCP has the authority to prescribe some of the same prescriptions that a dermatologist would. Prescriptions such as Retin-A and Renova can be prescribed by your primary care. The only time you’re going to find yourself spending more money is if your primary care says he can’t treat your symptoms and that he recommends you see someone more specialized.
Another option that many don’t think about is heading over to a fast clinic of some sort instead of going to a dermatologist. This can save you money sometimes. You’ll have to check with your health insurance provider in order to determine the exact costs.
If you’re in desperate need of help, regardless of the cost, you should schedule an appointment with a local dermatologist. There’s no other better option and when looking at the big picture, it’s a rather small price to pay for a piece of mind and healthy looking skin.
Should you need help finding a dermatologist in your local area, you can ask us. We are extremely well connected with a number of dermatologists and we have built wonderful relationships with both the doctors and their patients. Feel free to ask and please know that any of your health related questions will remain private indefinitely.