Dermatology 1) at an annual full-body skin check, should my dermatologist check my scalp? She never does. 2) should a dermatologist charge for an office visit just to remove the stitches after surgery in which she removed a minor skin lesion?
1) yes 2)depends. 1) full skin exams include the scalp 2) there would be no charge for removing the stitches but if the doctor had to discuss the diagnosis or explain the results and make a follow up plan an office visit could be charged.
Yes and depends. A full body skin exam includes the scalp. If the doctor does not check the scalp just remind them to next time. If it's only suture removal and nothing else then it's included in the global period of the visit. But if the patient requires additional education and materials about wound care, infection, scar treatment, and other questions then an office visit might be charged.
Your . Your scalp should always be checked in a skin examination. Usually the cost of removing stitches is included in the global fee so you can ask the office manager about that.