There’s a Reason You Have to Wait So Long For a Dermatologist Appointment
If you live in a rural area, you are probably used to waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. While you might be used to this delay and have learned to plan ahead, have you ever wondered why there are increasingly long wait times? Recent studies estimate that there are about 3.3 derms per every 100,000 people, which means there simply aren’t enough doctors to treat all patients.
For some, getting face time with a dermatologist is just half the battle. Dr. Rachel Nazarian practices with Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC, a traditionally overserved area. “Finding a dermatologist who accepts your insurance and is available seems to be a growing issue,” Dr. Nazarian said. “Since I take many insurances that other physicians do not accept such as Medicaid, some people come in from farther distances to see me. That’s what keeps my schedule so full.”
Despite these setbacks, dermatologists across the board agree that longer wait times are not discouraging patients from setting up appointments. “Most dermatologists have increased their hours and availability to accommodate the growing need for appointments,” Dr. Nazarian said.
Source: POPSUGAR. – There’s a Reason You Have to Wait So Long For a Dermatologist Appointment By, Alaina Demopoulos