At our Olds location, our medical visit and consultation is the foundation for diagnosing skin conditions. It is a thorough 20-30 minute visit with one of our physicians. We then create treatment plans and partner with clients on options that include medical prescriptions, surgery, injectable and laser for common skin problems such as acne, aging, moles, keratosis, warts, sun damage and pigmentation.
The cost of the initial visit is covered by AHC as well as subsequent medical related visits. Any procedure that is not fully covered will be discussed and a quote given for the cost of these treatments. Where possible procedures are booked within 1-2 weeks of the initial visit. Referrals from other physicians are accepted and it offers the benefit of communication between our clinic and the family doctor of the patient.
Certain medical skin problems need screening and testing with laboratory investigations. Allergy related problems often need more advanced testing. Referrals are done via Tele-dermatology to experts in the areas of interest. Clients are referred for advanced surgery such as MOHS, which is done for complicated skin cancers. Initial biopsies to diagnose a problem and complete removals are often done by our doctors; it saves patients visits and travel time to Calgary or other cities.