Malaysians nowadays are gradually shifting towards private healthcare system due to better facilities and care that are being offered compared to Public healthcare system. Not to forget how Public healthcare system are usually dealing with overcrowding issues.
Hence it is very appropriate for you to open your own private clinic at this time, which could bring a great deal of profit.
Ministry of Health regulates and monitors the private healthcare system while the Licensing Unit of Ministry is responsible for issuing licenses to private hospitals, maternity homes, clinics and nursing homes.
Steps to set up a Clinic in Malaysia
A proper research is needed before a location is picked and lots of factors have to be considered like is it going to be in a residential or a commercial area, the population density, the financial status of the diaspora and most importantly presence of other clinics. Having a spacious parking area available for your customers is always advantageous while catering to patients.
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2. Obtain the Premises
Having your own building is great but if you’re thinking on renting then have an advance 3 months amount of rent ready and prepare a proper rental agreement after a discussion with the building owner.
3. Registration Process
Setting up a private clinic in Malaysia is not easy as they should register under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 and Regulations 2006 with the respective state. The application may be accepted by the state office after taking a small amount of processing fee with all requirements fulfilled and after being issued a Letter of No Objection, the interior renovation and furnishing of the clinic can be started.
4. Proper Floor Plan Layout
Various physical criteria needed to be approved under Act 586 and it is necessary to work closely with the contractor that has been hired to draw out the layout you have in mind for your clinic which may include measurements for consultation room, treatment room, waiting area, pantry, pharmacy, dispensary, etc.
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5. Annual Practising Certificate
Every medical practitioner needs to be registered with the MMC (Malaysian Medical Council) as per the Medical Act 1971 and must necessarily apply for Annual Practising Certificate (APC) every year. When you have kick-started your own private clinic, it is highly recommended to amend your APC to include your new clinic address. This can be quite easily done at the Ministry of Health, Putrajaya.
6. License for Advertisement
Starting with advertisements is advisable as it would attract future customers to your clinic but before that, a license need to be obtained for clinic advertisement issued your local council – like DBKL (Kuala Lumpur City Hall) which takes two months. You may start your advertisement campaign when it is approved and beat your competitors.
7. Procurement of Drugs
Open an account from various manufacturing companies so that you could procure the medicines and drugs needed for your clinic. Once the account is active (by using APC (Annual Practicing Certificate), you can place orders for drug supply.
Ensure staff’s EPFF and SOSCO procedures are completed at the nearby KWSP/EPF and PERKESO offices and to hire well-qualified staffs and helpers that would make your clinic thrive.
9. X-ray Machine Installation
Remember to apply for a license if you ever planning to install an X-ray machine at your clinic as it is entirely different than the ones you currently have.
10. Companies Commission of Malaysia
The final mandatory requirement to set up your own clinic is to get registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia, under the Registration of Business Act 1956.