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25 May 2021

Doctor loans and medical factoring are two available modes of finance for physicians. While both provide funds to doctors, there are differences in the way both serve their needs. Read on to know how the two modes differ.

What is medical factoring?

Medical factoring aids doctors and healthcare practices address cash flow problems arising due to a slow payment of medical insurance claims. It provides an advance on medical claims, aiding physicians to smoothly run their daily operations.

What is a doctor loan?

Loans for doctors come in a versatile suite of four loans- personal loan for doctors, Business Loan for doctors, home loan for doctors and loan against property for doctors. Whereas personal and business loans are collateral-free loans, home loans and loan against property are secured loans. Based on your requirement, the financing option could be chosen.

They can be structured as a Term Loan as well as a Flexi Loan. When structured as Term Loans, doctors make monthly repayments on their loans regularly. When offered as a Flexi Loan, doctors can borrow within the assigned credit amount and pay back as and when required.

1. Addressing problems due to cash flow: The common connection

Both doctor loans and medical factoring help physicians overcome woes related to cash flow. However, the common connection ends here. In medical factoring, the sole objective is to address problems related to medical insurance cash flow. While doctor loans serve a wide variety of purposes, from funding education to working capital to practise expansion.

2. Funding higher education

Physicians can avail doctor loans to fund their higher education. Pursuing an MD or MS from a private college in India or an overseas university are both expensive affairs where fees can run into several lakh of rupees. In some private colleges in the country, the average fee for MD/ MS is as high as Rs. 40 lakh per year.

A doctor loan is a more prudent financial tool here. Bajaj Finance offers two loans, which can be used for higher studies. Personal loan for doctors that offer up to Rs. 80 lakh and loan against property for doctors that offer up to Rs. 10.50 crore*. These loans offer a relatively higher loan amount than regular education loans.

3. Expanding your practice

It is estimated that 600 million people in India have little or no access to health care, with most of them in rural areas. Providing health care facilities in such remote areas requires expansion that involves setting up infrastructure, buying equipment, hiring and training staff, investment in technology, and much more. As it is difficult to exactly anticipate the funds needed for expansion, a doctor loan in a Flexi format goes a long way for business expansion needs. Such loans allow doctors to withdraw the full amount in one go or in parts as per their requirements. The interest is paid only as EMI, with an option to prepay/ part prepay the amount anytime during the tenure.

4. Purchasing and maintaining equipment

With India slowly becoming a medical tourism hub - experts expect the Indian medical tourism market to reach US$ 8 billion by 2020. It is imperative to invest in equipment and medical devices to provide healthcare of global standards. However, in India almost 80% of medical equipment are imported.

Dr. Nalla G Palaniswami, MD of Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Coimbatore, says, 'Maintenance cost for an imported machine worth Rs. 5 to 6 crores is between Rs. 25 lakh and Rs. 30 lakh'.

Doctor loans with high loan amounts of up to Rs. 55 lakh, and flexible repayment options come with minimal documentation and 24-hour approval features are a handy tool to purchase and maintain equipment.

Doctor loans - offering a wider scope

Doctor loans act as a more reliable channel of finance serving multiple purposes for physicians, right from their personal needs to practising needs. While medical factoring concentrates on easing a single bottleneck, doctor loans focus on reducing pain points for medical physicians on multiple fronts.

Bajaj Finserv Loans for Doctors come with multiple features & benefits to make the entire loan application to disbursal experience hassle-free and convenient.

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