General question Medical Consultants costs, any recent experiences

Discussion in 'Health Insurance and healthcare costs' started by Palerider, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. Palerider

    Palerider Frequent Poster

    I was referred on for review of a recurring patch of eczema to a medical consultant who has rooms in a private hospital, in my case this was a referral to a dermatologist. The eczema does not bother me at all, it is a small area, tiny actually and goes away but does recur. I thought sure it would do no harm, I have Laya, I was called today with a cancellation which I accepted, before the secretary got off the phone she told me the consultation would be €230, I told her I would not be attending, I felt this was bordering on extortion and can of course get a referral through the slower HSE route, I am a non urgent referral.

    I did attend a medical Consultant in 2016 and paid him €180 for what turned out to be a minor issue, with a new year upon us I am curious if anybody else has received a recent medical consultant appointment and the charges.

    I am aware AAM does not allow discussion of medical issues, I outlined my referral to give background, please don't comment back on anything other than your experience of medical consultants costs.

    In my opinion as a consumer we need to shop around, €230 is unacceptable to me for a first consultation.
  2. odyssey06

    odyssey06 Frequent Poster

    220 for initial dermatologist consultation in private hospital... followons may be cheaper
  3. snowyb

    snowyb Frequent Poster


    There was a similar discussion on AAM recently.

    I heard that dermatologists are one of the scarce consultant specialties, like neurologists.
    Not enough per population, so they would have extra workloads etc.
    They can name their price due to demand, it doesn't justify the cost.

  4. gravitygirl

    gravitygirl Frequent Poster

    I paid €280 for a first visit with a neurologist 12 month ago, €200 for rheumatologist and €160 for an Ortho. The follows ups were all much cheaper (€180, €150 and €120 iirc)
  5. odyssey06

    odyssey06 Frequent Poster

    Remember you can claim this as a med1 expense at 20%. If you have medical insurance you may be entitled to claim some money back as a day to day medical expense - if you do so, you can still claim the remaining amount on the med1.
  6. Protocol

    Protocol Frequent Poster

    180 first consultation, ENT doctor, Sligo, 2016.
  7. elcato

    elcato Moderator

    Most consultants I have seen over the years average out at about 200 for the first visit and a bit cheaper for any follow up. It's seldom a case of having to have more than one or two follow ups. IMO it's generally good value for money to get an expert who will diagnose and suggest cures quickly rather than going to a GP a few times to try and nail it down through trial and error. It is a science trying to diagnose the body as they can't just start checking the engine like a car and narrow it down quickly. I have health insurance which usually gives me a 50% return on receipt and as stated above I can claim a further 20% of the residue from revenue so total paid for 200 is 80. I accept that this is not relevant to someone not working or who just don't have the outlay up front.