Doctors may face several obstacles when taking a step as big as opening up their own practice. For instance, the location of the practice is very important, as it can make or break the practice’s success.

There are challenges that doctors will face based on where their practice located. Low-income areas bring different types of challenges for doctors, who are looking to set up their medical practice in this kind of area. Doctors should be prepared on what to expect so that they can earn a substantial income while meeting the medical needs of the community.

It can be done


If doctors are interested in opening up a medical practice, there are certain things that they should consider. Firstly, they should know that despite the challenges that await them, it is not impossible for a practice to be set up and run successfully in a low-income area

All types of practices can work in low-income areas if doctors understand the challenges and deal with them properly. Doctors will see that despite the presented challenges, their practice will prove to be beneficial to the community in the long run.

The inflow of patients


Doctors need to be patient and understand that it will take awhile before patients in the area take notice of the practice. As soon as the practice gets a foothold in this area, the influx of patients will increase.

This is usually the case if the practice is the first in a low-income area, something that residents have never experienced. The unpredictability of patient flow on a daily basis might puzzle doctors, especially when it comes to their management of staff.

Communication issues


Patients in lower-income areas might have problems when it comes to accessibility to technology. Some of them might not have access to phones or computers.

There may also be a language problem, especially if the area is filled with immigrants. Doctors and their staffs may find that communicating with patients will be a challenge in this area because of these reasons.

Finding out what works


Doctors should open their medical practice in an area where there is a huge demand for doctors and their services. It should also be situated where the need for healthcare is great, as this will help doctors to better meet the medical needs of the people.

Doctors should also be aware of the type of medical practice that is going to work in this location. They need to be familiar with the market size of this area, especially when it comes to the demand of the services their practice will be offering. It might be good for the practice to hire staffs that reside near the location of the practice.

Inescapable challenges


Low-income areas are known to suffer from shortages of doctors and hospitals. Most likely, residents of these areas have to travel long and hard to seek medical care.

Some doctors open their medical practice in these kinds of areas to help the local patients, as a way of giving back to the community. Some doctors see it as a way to cash in on a location that has potential and is not yet fully utilised.

To set up a medical practice successfully in a low-income area, doctors need to have a concrete plan that can help their practice make it through the journey and overcome the obstacles faced. MIMS

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Sources:
http://www.physicianspractice.com/blog/considerations-opening-practice-low-income-area?GUID=2749171D-8585-4A8F-A6EF-AFB417F32A0A&rememberme=1&ts=06042017
http://archive.jsonline.com/news/health/hospitals-doctors-moving-out-of-poor-city-neighborhoods-to-more-affluent-areas-b99284882z1-262899701.html