When thinking of the cost of a dermatologist visit consider this quote about education:”If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Derek Bok, past president of Harvard College
These days we hear a lot about health care cost, but what about the ways going to the right doctor can save, or even make, YOU money? We focus on the cost of a dermatologist visit from the wrong perspective.
Cost of a dermatologist visit – we went to school so you don’t have to
Although much information is easily available on the internet, we sometimes forget that training and experience are also part of the equation of what makes that information meaningful and useful. An expert has invested money and trained for years so that they can solve certain problems faster. Of course, you could do it yourself – if you make the same investment—but an expert provides a shortcut. A board-certified dermatologist with over 20 years of experience, seeing an expert like Dr. Strachan can feel more like a profitable investment rather than an expense. Here are some examples:
1. People who address their skin conditions make more sales.
Years ago, a friend of the doctor’s with had a job in sales called in a panic. She had a problem with cold sores and she wanted my help. It wasn’t a new problem. She had discussed in the past. This person resisted addressing the problem, however, because she felt the value she brought her clients was so great that a minor sore on her face shouldn’t matter. She was smart, so why would anyone care about a blister?
That day, however, she found herself with a huge cluster of blisters on her face in front of a client who kept looking at her skin condition rather than listening to her advice and closing the deal. She didn’t make the sale. “I could tell he was distracted by this the whole time,” she said. It’s just human nature to react with a bit of curiosity and anxiety when someone sees a lesion on someone’s skin. Remove the distractions and close the deal. Further what we focus on grows. Are we thinking about our acne– or about our goals?
2. Cost of a dermatologist visit- People who go to the right experts save, rather than waste, time and money.
These days going to the doctor involves fees like copays and sometimes missed time from work. Going to the wrong doctors, or other people who are neither doctors nor experts, can be even more expensive.
Every week we see busy people who have gone to someone, or many someones, other than an expert. After many visits they are still dealing with a problem that haven’t been correctly diagnosed or treated. These patients may have even wasted money on services and products that don’t work when the solution would have been cheaper. They sometimes even get frustrated with when finally they get the correct diagnosis. To think that their problem was simple and easy to manage–for a dermatologist. “That’s It? All I have is…?” They would have saved a lot of time and money had they sought an expert first. They might have gotten the right diagnosis and plan on the first visit.
3. People judge
If you are a leader, and you have dandruff flakes all over your jacket, people may wonder why you haven’t taken care of that. They may doubt your judgement and abilities. We are not saying it’s fair, it’s just human nature. We in the dermatology office experience this ourselves. The doctor suffered with acne early in hwe medical career. When she expressed concern about it, she was often told not to worry about it—that she was smart so the acne didn’t matter. Dr. Strachan ignored this advice. She took care of my skin. She noticed that many that had told her not to worry, responded differently when her face was clear. Although her personal health problems may not be a reflection of what she can do for someone else. But often patients comment on the doctor’s beautiful skin.
Dr. Dina Strachan is an internationally recognized, Harvard and Yale educated, board-certified dermatologist in New York City. Call 212-627-1004 x1 to schedule an appointment, hire her as a consultant or speaker today!