How to Find the Best Dermatologists in NYC

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Finding a quality dermatologist in New York City can be a challenge. There are thousands to choose from in the Big Apple, from drop-in clinics that will treat you without an appointment to celebrity dermatologists that can charge hundreds of dollars for just one consultation. It is important that you determine what your needs are before searching for a dermatologist. If you are looking for someone who deals with skin cancer and skin related diseases, you will have to perform a search with your health insurance coverage in mind. If you are looking for cosmetic procedures, then you can begin to look at doctors outside your health coverage.

Things You'll Need

  • Access to your health care provider list
  • Access to the Internet

Log on to your health care provider's website. Search for approved dermatologists within your plan. Select doctors in the area where you would like to visit your dermatologist and call each doctor. You can ask the receptionist or business manager about any write-ups the doctor has received or for patient references for a procedure you are about to receive.

Log on to a consumer driven rating website. You can log on to angieslist.com to search for a doctor you have chosen from your health care providers list. Reviews are most often provided by current or past patients that have gone to the doctor you are looking for.

Log on to citysearch.com. This website will list dermatologists, provide website links and list reviews from patients that have visited these doctors. From this site, you will also learn the specialty of the doctor. Some may specialize in cosmetic procedures while others are more disease focused.

Read New York Magazine or Time Out's "Best Of" medical issues. They will print this issue once a year listing the top docs in dermatology. You can find these magazines in your local library or by logging on to their websites.

Visit the websites for the major network morning news programs. Search their archives for news and lifestyle segments that featured dermatologists or issues related to dermatology. These are commonplace on morning news shows. You can access the experts' contact information by logging on to the news sites that deal with health and lifestyle segments.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ask for a referral from your general doctor. She may have a dermatologist she prefers to work with.
  • No referral is ever guarenteed. Each person's experience will be different with each doctor. Finding the right dermatologist may be a trial and error process.

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