Blog | Wednesday, July 30, 2008

How do you pick a dermatologist?

So dermatology isn't a specialty particularly known for self-sacrifice and lack of interest in income (it is part of the ROAD, after all), but this New York Times article raises concerns that some dermatology practices are heavily prioritizing cosmetic patients over medical ones. An expert in the article suggests that concerned patients choose a dermatologist who focuses on medical, not cosmetic, problems, but presumably many patients rely on their primary care docs for a referral. Is the balance between cosmetic and medical practice something you think about when recommending a dermatologist? For now, this issue seems to be limited to a few specialties, but what happens if more internists turn to profitable self-pay sidelines (a trend we profiled a little while back)?