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.