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Can I become a doctor but not have my own hospital?

I want to become a doctor but i don't want my own hospital, can I do this? #doctor #hospital-and-health-care #medicine #business #hospital #hospitals


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Karyn’s Answer

Of course you can! Typically doctors work out of several hospitals without owning any of them. If you choose to be a primary care physician you do not need to work out of a hospital at all, you only need an office. You may own your own office or join a group of doctors and own the space together, joining a group helps reduce cost and lets you divide up the duties that go along with owning your own office. If you choose to be a surgeon of some sort where you need to operate out of a hospital typically you would be part of a group that owns office space where you actually see patients. You would then be what they called credentialled with one or more hospitals where you would take your patients for surgery. You do not pay to use the hospital, the hospital collects fees from your patients for their surgery just like you would.

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I would think about what kind of doctor you are interested in becoming as a first step
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I would look at the educational requirements needed for that specialty, it is a very big commitment in time and money to become a doctor, you just need to understand how much time and money is involved
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You have plenty of time while in medical school and residency to speak with other students and doctors about what type of environment you want to work in after you've completed your training program
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Patricia’s Answer

Hello there Shaheen, why do you think you would need your own hospital? May I ask why you would want to be a medical doctor? Motivation is a driving force and it takes a lot of people skills and endurance to reach your goal, as in many settings I suppose.
As a medical doctor you start building skills during your training; by the time you are practicing independently you can decide what field to choose. Or stay in general health care. There are as many choices to make as there are people on this earth,

I hope this helps you on your way.

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Richard’s Answer

As a physician you can work in a clinic as an employee or as an owner.

You can work in a private hospital as a consulting provider or as an employee of the hospital.

You could even work in an academic setting as a university employee, teaching future doctors.

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Estelle’s Answer

Most physicians maintain privileges and practice at hospitals that they do not own. I have been practicing gynecology and gynecologic surgery for 30 years. I have my own office but do not have any ownership in any hospitals or surgery centers. I practice at two hospitals: a county hospital and a private hospital.

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