Dermatologists have accomplished incredible feats and saved many lives, however all those individuals have added to the congested schedules as they return to get regular checks every 3-6 months. Depending on how many patients a dermatologist sees regularly, new patients stand virtually no chance of being seen within a timely manner. Of course nobody in this situation is to blame there are just not enough doctors to go around. Unfortunately one of the biggest influencers for aspiring doctors, hospital residency programs, does not encourage an increase in dermatologist numbers. Residency programs depend on money they receive from Medicare.

The hospital has control of how the money is distributed so they focus the majority of it to specialties that create more revenue such as surgeons. The reality is dermatologists just don’t create that kind of revenue. They don’t admit patients and they don’t order expensive testing so the hospitals don’t benefit enough to invest their already scarce funds into housing more.

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