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Tips For Starting Your Own Medical Practice

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Studying to become a doctor feels like something which takes over your whole life for at least five years. It can be frustrating, tiring, difficult and unforgiving at times, however being a doctor is one of the most rewarding jobs you can possibly have.

If you have recently finished your training and have become a fully qualified doctor, you may be wondering which area of medicine you want to go into for the rest of your career. The obvious option for many doctors is to work in a hospital and treat patients with all kinds of illnesses and injury. However, there is also the choice of starting up your own practice in the local area.

A doctor’s practice is a building which will often form the beating heart of your community. In the local area, you will quickly become a huge part of people’s lives, and they will trust you with the world. Choosing to become a local doctor rather than working in a hospital is a choice which can benefit you greatly. You will be able to form a relationship with your local people, have a place in the community and be respected by all. If you want to open a medical practice this year, here is how you can do it.

Fund it

When you decide to run your own doctor’s surgery you will first need to fund the project like any other small business would. If you don’t have any money saved up to use for your project, you will be able to visit your local bank and ask for a loan. The beauty if being a doctor and wanting to open a practice is that you are more likely to be accepted for a loan than other small businesses. Due to the work which you plan on doing, a lender will be more likely to give you what you need l get started.

Get credentials

When you come to start up your medical practice you will first have to get credentials. These credentials will come from the government and will allow you to accept health insurance for your patients as a form of payment for treatments. This is a process which can take a few months to complete, so make sure you do this well in advance of building your practice. Ideally, you will have malpractice insurance which will make it easier for you to be accepted into the scheme.

Legal stuff

Now that you are ready to set up your business, you will be working as if you are a small business making their way into the world. When you become a business you will need to do several things to make sure you are totally legal and able to perform your business. One of the main things you’ll need to get sorted out is your tax. You will be able to find out online exactly how you should pay your taxes and which band you will sit in. The next thing you need to do is look into different insurance for your business. You will want to make sure you have liability insurance in case you ever get sued, you will also want employee insurance to keep your team secure. You can check for all the different types of business insurance online and decide which ones you want to invest in.

Get licenses

As you will likely know, you cannot start trading as a medical practice until you have applied for a license. Make sure you apply to the government in advance to get yourself licensed by the medical board. Once you have got your license, you can go ahead and start building your practice from the ground up.

Set up your space

Once you have found a suitable space for your medical practice you can begin to set up your business for success. Make sure your waiting area is warm, welcoming and open for your patients to feel at ease. It can be useful to get yourself a screen on the wall which will display the next appointment due. Think about bringing some Medical Practice Management Software into the space to help you manage your appointments, patients and everything else involved in running a doctor’s office. The key thing to remember is that you want to make this space into a comfortable and warm environment for your patients. They want to feel safe and secure when they enter the building. This will allow them to come in to your space and immediately trust that you will look after them.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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