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Patients Are Waiting: America’s Dermatology Wait Times Crisis  

According to a report released by the Greater Access for Patients Partnership (GAPP), long waits for dermatology appointments have negative physical, emotional, and lifestyle impacts on patients and caregivers.  

Lengthy delays for both new and returning dermatology patients have become the norm, and now average more than a month, though many patients can wait much longer for an appointment.  



About the Greater Access for Patients Partnership (GAPP)

The Greater Access for Patients Partnership (GAPP) is a coalition of leading professional and patient organizations that aims to improve the dermatology wait times crisis and support access to care. Members of GAPP include American Academy of PAs, AIM at Melanoma, The American Health Quality Association, Derma Care Access Network, Dermatology Nurses’ Association, Melanoma Research Alliance, National Eczema Association, National Alopecia Areata Foundation, Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation and Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.  

How to Get a Quicker Dermatology Appointment

If you or a loved one are anxious about a skin condition or worry that a condition may become worse while waiting for an appointment, here are five tips that may help you secure an appointment more quickly.  

  1. Don’t wait until the last minute

If you know you will need a routine appointment in the next several months, it is best to book these as soon as possible. The average wait for a follow-up dermatology appointment is six weeks and can be longer in many areas. The earlier you book, the better.  

  1. Voice concerns

If your skin condition causes you serious worry or physical pain, express these concerns when asking for an appointment. If you are still unable to get a quick appointment, ask the receptionist if you may speak to a medical professional on the phone or by email to advise whether your appointment should be prioritized. Serious skin infections may require an immediate visit to the emergency room.  

  1. Ask for a PA or NP appointment

Ask if you can book a quicker appointment with a PA or NP. These professionals are highly qualified and can diagnose illnesses, prescribe medications, and perform surgeries, and many serve as principal care providers for their patients.  

  1. Get on the waiting list

Always ask the receptionist if there is a waiting list to receive a quicker appointment in the event that another patient cancels. If there is no waiting list, do not be afraid to politely call back on a daily basis to check for an earlier opening.  

  1. Look into telemedicine options

Consider telemedicine and look into booking a dermatology appointment online. Consult your health insurance provider to discuss the best possible options.


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