One of the worst hit from the corporatisation of healthcare have been the friendly next door clinics, the smiling attendant outside in the small 10 by 10 waiting room with a small color TV and old mags and the hidden compounder who would secretly pack those little 'pudis' of colored tablets for every minor ailment..
Okay, I'm sounding a bit outdated, but I still believe that general practioners have gotten a bad name and gone into oblivion only due to a few rotten apples. There could still be ways to have a flourishing GPclinic, if done smartly, and atleast a bit 'honestly'
Some great options:
- If you're confident you can handle patients alone, seriously consider general practice
- However, never consider the option straight after internship, work for a year odd min, get hands on experience, know some of the biggies in the referal circuit, more importantly study a couple of clinics before setting up yours
- Look for the distribution of doctors in your area, find a non-competitive one, having a chemist in the vicinity is a boon
- Rent a small place, do it up well, keep it non-frills arrange for about 6-7 seats, small side tables and good ventilation,make it looking clean; give it a name
- Put up a few pleasant health-related photos/paintings etc in the waiting room and collect reading pamphlets,mags etc to put out. Have some aqua company demo guy put up a drinking water console in a corner
- Hire a (preferably )pleasant female attendant and train her before putting her on the job, she must decipher common medical illnesses etc
- Get a PC/Lap and internet, start compiling a list of specialists and major hospitals in the area, include all emergency service providers