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92. Seeing a Dermatologist
Andrea's acne was getting worse by the day.
only did it not look good, but it
her feel self-conscious. She wanted to go see
dermatologist about her skin condition. Andrea had health
trough her job. When she signed up for
health plan, she chose a primary care physician.
doctor would take care of Andrea's basic health
. The primary care physician was not a dermatologist
. If Andrea wanted the health insurance to pay
the dermatologist, she first needed to make an
with her regular physician. Otherwise, Andrea would have
pay out of her own pocket to see
Andrea called her primary care provider. She
to wait a week for an appointment since
acne was not an emergency. When it was
for the appointment, she showed her doctor the
problem. Her primary care physician was able to
a skin cream for Andrea. Andrea used that
cream for a week, but her acne did
get any better. She called her doctor back.
doctor couldn't do anything else for her. So
doctor gave her a referral to see a
specialist, a dermatologist.
Andrea called the dermatologist, but
had to wait another three weeks for an
. Her acne had gotten worse over these three
. When she finally saw the dermatologist, he ran
number of blood tests and allergy tests. The
told Andrea that the acne was actually an
reaction to fried foods. Andrea thought it was
lot of trouble to finally find out what
wrong. She was happy though now that she
all she had to do was not to
fried food, which was not good for her
or her skin.