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Why is getting an appointment with a dematologist such a problem?

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I am curious as to whether anyone can shed some light on why getting an appointment with a dermatologist is proving to be such a problem.

Hospitals such as MCH and Delta that I have contacted are telling me that appointments are only available for after Christmas, which is a much longer lead in time than I've experienced for other medical service providers.

Has anyone any insight or - even better - recommendations for a good dermatologist who might be available in a shorter time frame?

CM

Where are you?

Oct 26, 2019 11:51
wezembeekwanderer

I have had similar experience. My dermatologist recommends placing appointments 6 months ahead! Most doctors can deal with urgent issues and skin problems tend not to be life threatening.
Best bet is to google dermatologists in your area and call around.

Oct 27, 2019 00:04
Pegahmt87

You could also search for dermatologists in your area on https://www.doctoranytime.be/en/s/dermatologist
There, you can see their first available appointment and directly book online.

Oct 28, 2019 11:28
MRK

I'm in Zaventem.
Yes, I understand that many skin issues are not considered life threatening. But perhaps because a friend developed a highly aggressive melanoma that would have killed him had he not been lucky enough to get immediate diagnosis and treatment, I don't think that this can always be justified as an excuse for such a long lead in time to see a dermatologist.
Sounds like I will just have to bide my time with the appointment I have at the moment, but thanks for your advice.

Oct 28, 2019 21:58
CM

You can make an appointment with Dr Neven in Overijse. She's very good, and speaks perfect English. Still more than a month though!

https://www.dermatologieneven.be/en/welcome-2/

Oct 29, 2019 15:26
wezembeekwanderer

MRK you have some good links and advice. Most general doctors are well experienced in checking for melanoma and if they have the slightest suspicion they will refer you quickly.

Oct 31, 2019 04:55