The Cost To See a Dermatologist In Your Country

by | Oct 21, 2020 | Blog, Dermatologist, News, Traveling

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Achieving healthy, beautiful skin can be quite costly. From skincare products to facial treatments and dermatology visits, the costs add up. More often than not you can opt to buy affordable products and seek less expensive treatments, however, when it comes to seeking medical care for that rash this can often be a hard thing to adjust to within your budget.

Find out how much a visit to the dermatologist really is for you below and what read here what is learn more about what an online dermatologist visit involves.

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United States

In the United States the dermatologist cost and your payment options correlate directly with whether you have insurance or not:

 

1. With Insurance

For those with insurance, copay for a visit to the dermatologist may be quite affordable (upwards of around $30), but the process to see a dermatologist is lengthy and complicated. First, your doctor has to refer you to a dermatologist, and the average wait time to have an in-person appointment is 32 days.

2. Without Insurance

For those without insurance, a visit to the dermatologist starts at $170 to $200. This is an estimate, as prices also vary on the location. While some offices may give some discount or payment plans for those paying out of pocket, the price never seems to be under $100.

There are cheaper clinics that people may visit, like at CVS Clinics, but a visit to those clinics still costs around $70-$80.

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Europe

 

In countries within the EU like the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Sweden, and Spain, there are generally three options:

1.Go Through The Health Care System

 

It doesn’t cost anything to book a dermatology appointment through the health care system. However, a family doctor has to refer you to a dermatologist and the wait time to get an appointment can be anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months.

2. Go Through Your Private Insurance

 

There is the option to buy private insurance in Europe and seek a dermatologist through the options the insurance company provides. Dermatology costs vary and wait times are not guaranteed to be short.

3. Pay Out-of-Pocket

 

Paying out of pocket is also an alternative. In the United Kingdom specifically, the cost to see a dermatologist is around £220 to £250. While it is quite easy to book an appointment within a week, the visits only last 6-7 minutes, and one is often left debating whether the service was worth the hefty price.

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Canada

 

Canada has a similar system to Europe’s. Either you can get a referral from a doctor, wait for weeks or months, and see a dermatologist at no cost or pay out of pocket.

Paying out of pocket starts at an upwards of $125.

Australia

 

Visits to the public hospitals, though subsidized by the government, have long waiting times. Patients have reported waiting up until three months to get an appointment. Therefore, many choose to pay out of pocket.

An out of pocket visit to the dermatologist in Australia costs between $110-200 for the first visit, and then $75-$100 for subsequent visits.

Middle East

 

The Middle East is not much of a cheaper alternative. In Dubai, a visit to the dermatologist can cost about 400 AED, or about $108.

Asia

 

Prices of dermatology clinics in Asia vary greatly, but, in general, the upper scale clinics in urban centers like New Delhi, Hong Kong, Manila, etc. are reported to cost around the same as an out-of-pocket visit to a dermatologist in the United States (around $100-$200).

Central/South America

 

In Mexico, a visit to the dermatologist can cost between $40 to $95, depending on the location. While these may seem like affordable prices, wait times to see a dermatologist vary as well and tend to be on the lengthier side.

A visit to the dermatologist has been shown to be an unnecessarily lengthy and costly process. Most cases brought to these offices are of itchy red bumps and those could have been  quickly solved with over-the-counter medication. Rather than waiting for weeks and months for an appointment and paying hundreds of dollars in visits, try First Derm’s teledermatology service. First Derm allows individuals to snap a photo of their skin concern and receive a vetted board-certified dermatologist’s evaluation within 24 hours.

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Table below shows the distribution of dermatologists in the Caribbean and South America and their average wage

Country

No of Inhabitants

GDP ( average income ) PPL

Language

No of Dermatologists

Average Wage

Brazil

212,392,717

$262.25

Portuguese

8,384

$678

Mexico

2,095,428

$560.00

Spanish

1,921

$560

Colombia

49,849,818

$299.00

Spanish

921

$441

Argentina

45,101,781

$260.00

Spanish

3,240

$554

Peru

32,933,835

$294.00

Spanish

597

$503

Venezuela

32,779,868

$33.00

Spanish

400

$2.20

Chile

18,336,653

$426.00

Spanish

433

$977

Guatemala

17,577,842

$261.00

Spanish

156

$261

Ecuador

17,100,444

$450.26

Spanish

467

$394

Cuba

11,492,046

$25

Spanish

147

$18.66

Bolivia

11,379,861

$272.00

Spanish

190

$272

Haiti

11,242,856

$59.80

French-based creole

234

Dominican Republic

10,996,774

$166.00

Spanish

243

$392

Honduras

9,568,688

$246.65

Spanish

93

$372.72

Paraguay

6,981,981

$348

Guaraní & spanish

186

$400

El Salvador

6,445,405

$304.17

Spanish

70

$242.40

Nicaragua

6,351,157

$94.16

Spanish

103

$370

Costa Rica

4,999,384

$907

Spanish

142

$907

Panama

4,226,197

$250

Spanish

73

$646

Uruguay

3,482,156

$450

Spanish

209

$849.80

Jamaica

2,906,339

$130

Creole

117

$130

Trinidad and Tobago

1,375,443

$35.40

English

Not available

$736

Guyana

786,508

$168

English

Not available

$112

Suriname

573,085

$180

Dutch

Not available

$80.45

Bahamas

403,095

$600

English

61

$432

Belize

390,231

$594

English

8

$594

Barbados

287,010

$600

English

9

$214.61

Saint Lucia

180,454

$111

English

Not available

$142.46

St. Vincent & Grenadines

110,488

$222.15

English

Not available

$171.32

Grenada

108,825

$90

English

Not available

$142.83

Antigua and Barbuda

104,084

$164

English

2

$158.37

Dominica

74,679

$500

English

6

$139.13

Saint Kitts & Nevis

56,345

$170.95

English

Not available

$170.95

Finding a Dermatologist Abroad

 

The Dermatologist cost per country can vary but that doesn’t always apply when abroad. Depending on your citizenship and the country you’re visiting, you could be in luck, or not so much. This depends on the services and agreements in the country you’re staying in.

Here are some simple recommendations from us if you find yourself in need of a dermatologist whilst you’re away.

 

1. Get a list of medical service providers at your destination

You can get this list from the U.S. embassy website. Simply click on your destination and this will take you directly to the relevant site. Look for the tab that says “Local Resources for U.S. Citizens” or similar phrases. Then, find the “Medical Assistance” link.

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US Embassy Health Care and Dermatologist Cost Support

Usually, there’s a list of local medical service providers, including dermatologists. For example, this is a list of Accra, Ghana, which has information for two dermatologists’. It’s important to keep in mind that these providers are endorsed by the U.S. embassies. See this statement from the State Department.

“Please bear in mind that we cannot refer you to a specific doctor or hospital, nor does being on a U.S. embassy or consulate list mean that we recommend that doctor or hospital. We are not responsible or liable for the professional ability or quality of service you may receive from a doctor or a hospital on a list. Names are listed alphabetically and the order in which they appear has no other significance. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the medical professional, medical facility, or air ambulance service.”

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2. Check your Insurance

 

See if your existing insurance covers your health care expense in the place you’re going to. Look into a travel insurance policy if it doesn’t or requires you to pay upfront and then reimburse you.

 

3. Do Your Research

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is great for destination-specific information. If you get a insect bite in some countries in Africa, the Pacific Islands, and Asia, you might want to look out for the Zika virus.

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What about an Online Dermatologist?

Naturally, we’re biased on this one. We believe online dermatology is a fantastic solution, especially when abroad. The cost of a dermatologist in each country varies widely and it can be challenging when you’re not in your own country. With an online dermatologist, you’re in good hands wherever you are and at a much cheaper price.

We have actually detailed some fantastic examples of how our App has saved the lives of others, this could be all the motivation you need to get checked!

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Is an Online Dermatologist Worth The Cost?

 

We’re sure that after seeing the prices in the table above you are hesitant to hear about the costs of an online dermatology service. However, you need not worry. The First Derm service is simple, fast and in-expensive. You can ask an online dermatologist from as little as $29 and they will provide an answer within 48 hours.

 

Why Dermatologists Prefer Online?

 

If you’re worried about the quality of service when choosing to move online then we completely understand. Sometimes it can be hard to believe that a dermatologist could provide high quality support through a simple phone image.

However, despite those perfectly natural concerns, in many cases, dermatologists actually prefer to treat patients online with an image rather than a video. With video it can be time consuming and costly to a dermatologist. Whereas with a store and foreward image service they can provide an answer on the move quickly and effectively.

 

Is it safe?

 

All dermatologists that use the First Derm platform are verified and board certified. They must perform monthly audits and tele-dermatology tests each month to assure they are providing quality standards of care.

 

What If I Don’t Have The Money

 

Sometimes we’re all struggling for money. This can be especially true if you’re in another country and you’re unaware of the dermatologist costs. Remember you can always refer back to our dermatologists cost by country above and an online dermatologist is typically an affordable and easy solution.

However, if this is not a viable option then fortunately we do have a solution. Here at First Derm, we have noticed an increasing desire for people and patients to diagnose themselves online. This can often cause confusion when people finally seek medical care and discover their own research may have been wrong.

To combat this, we have opened up our Artificial intelligence to you! Previously only available for medical professionals and used as a triage tool in hospitals, our AI is able to detect and provide results on skin diseases with up to 80% accuracy.

The tool is completely free and we have actually used it to detect many serious lesions such as Malignant Melanoma. Test our dermatology AI today for instant guidance on your skin concern.

 

Choose First Derm

 

In all, we hope we have helped you understand the costs of a dermatologist visit in your country and some of the viable opportunities available. Don’t forget we’re available 24 hours a day to provide advice on any skin concern.

Sources

Global Psoriasis Atlas. Annual Report. Year 2: April 2018-March 2019

List of registered medical practitioners in Belize

Doctors in Barbados classified by specialty and location

Antigua and Barbuda Health Service Listings

List of Doctors and Medical Services in the Dominican Republic – July 2013

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