Setting up a new medical practice is not an easy task
Setting up a new medical practice is not an easy task. Business development and management is not taught at medical school, therefore GPs need a reliable source of information to refer to when embarking on such a venture.
It is for this reason that the RACGP has worked with general practice owners/builders to develop this workbook – Starting a medical practice, which forms part of the General practice management toolkit.
A characteristic of general practice is that it is based on one-to-one relationships. GPs can work in a range of capacities – employee, associate, partner, independent contractor, company shareholder or director. In each capacity, you are in a position to develop a unique personal practice style.
In starting a medical practice there are many issues that need to be considered. For example, you need to have a clear view of what you want to achieve personally, your capabilities and resources, the services you want to offer and other business factors that contribute to a sound decision.
This workbook has been developed to help you understand and work through the various stages of starting a medical practice, and provides a guide to the issues you will need to consider.