Surviving Private Practice in Malaysia

What factors attract patients to your consultation? (Race, religion, language, looks, age, gender, personality?)

“Marketing is a battle of perception” When I first decided to move to private practice, I applied to a well-known private hospital in Johor Bahru. My application was turned down, as I was considered “not marketable”. This has nothing to do with my skills or ability to work very hard. The decision was just based …

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16 tips for a young specialist joining a private hospital

I left government service for Mahkota Medical Centre, Melaka in 1994 at the age of 34. I was a young specialist at that time. Most of the pioneer doctors were off about the same age. Being in a brand new hospital, we worked very hard to build it. As time passes, more doctors joined the …

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Surviving Private Practice in Malaysia – Clinic systems in Private Hospitals

Private Hospitals in Malaysia Since the 1990’s private hospitals have mushroomed in Malaysia. In 2018 the total number of private hospitals in Malaysia was reported as 240 as opposed to 144 government hospitals. The biggest groups of hospital are KPJ (27), Pantai /Gleneagles (15) and Columbia Asia (13).  How we started in Mahkota Medical Centre …

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Surviving Private Practice in Malaysia – When to leave for private practice?

Government Hospital or Private Practice One of the most difficult decisions I had to make in my life was to leave government service for Private Practice. Having worked in the public sector for 9 years I found myself not being able to improve myself in the areas of my interest namely Minimally Invasive Surgery (laparoscopy) …

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Surviving Private Practice in Malaysia – Choosing your private practice

When I decided to go into private practice in 1994 I looked at all my options. Being an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist I had several choices. I had the option of joining an established hospital. This was tempting at that time. Firstly, an established hospital will be equipped with all the facilities for me to practice …

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