What It Takes To Open Your Own Rural Health Clinic

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May 2, 2018 | Aptus Associates

Health clinics, especially those in a rural area, are of vital importance. They ensure that everyone has access to the medical care they need, even if a fully-functional hospital is miles away. If you are currently in an area that is underserved by the medical community, you may see an opportunity to open one such clinic. It is not as difficult, or expensive, as you may fear.

The first steps. There is no one-size-fits-all formula for starting a medical practice. For this reason, it might be worth your while to hire a professional consultant who has started medical practices before and is aware of the necessary steps. No matter what your specialty is and where you plan to open your clinic, you will need to secure funding before going any further. Again, the actual dollar amounts vary depending on your unique situation, but in general, you should aim to secure at least $100,000 to cover equipment and startup costs.

Purchase what you need. Once you’ve obtained financing, you’re ready to start putting together the practice, which means purchasing the equipment you’ll need. This task is easier said than done, and ample research is necessary for each decision. Beyond band-aid and stethoscopes, also remember you’ll need a computer system for medical records, malpractice insurance, and other intangibles.

Hire staff members. You’re ready to bring in the most important piece to your puzzle- your team! Depending on exactly what services your clinic will offer, this may includes specialists, doctors, nurses, front area receptionists, an officer manager, and more.

Get ready to open. There is a lot that needs to happen behind the scenes before you actually open your doors. This means registering yourself as a legal entity and obtaining a tax ID, but also running a background check on your team members, and establishing all rules and daily procedures. Staying in compliance with all legal regulations is a vital component of your practice’s success.

Market yourself. Now tell everyone who you are! It’s finally time to put some commercials, social media posts, and signs out there and let the area know you are ready to treat them. Congratulations!

Between securing equipment, navigating regulations, and marketing your new business, there’s a lot to take care of. One thing you don’t need to handle on your own is your office support services. These include medical billing, insurance claims, budget management, and much more. Contact Aptus today at 1 888-760-2455 to learn more about how we can be brought in to help. Then, get back to focusing on your patients!