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Important checklist for doctors looking to start a pathology lab

  • Highlights

  • Start with a plan for your lab and weigh your options

  • Consider all the costs that you are likely to incur

  • List out the machinery and resources you’ll need

  • Figure out the licenses and registrations

70% of all treatment decisions are based on pathology results and therefore setting up a business in pathology is lucrative. If you’re on the path to starting your pathology practice, here are 5 things that you should keep in mind.

1.Plan carefully

Planning ensures that you have time to weigh your options and the repercussions of each decision before executing it. This way, you can keep your financial losses to a minimum. If you are working anywhere else, you may want to take some time off to set up your business. Apart from the capital to start and run the lab for at least two years, some of the things to consider are location and ambience.

2.Ample capital:

There are several costs involved when setting up a pathology lab. First, you have to buy or rent the property that will house the lab. Next, you will have to focus on the equipment that forms the backbone of the services that you provide. Finally, you will need ample working capital to meet costs like overheads and salary expenses.
While setting up a lab, one might not be able to anticipate the funds needed accurately. A loan based on a wrong estimate can lead to missed opportunities in case of under-borrowing or may result in payment of unnecessary interest costs in case of over-borrowing.

In such a case, a Flexi business loan for doctors proves to be a perfect financing solution. This unique facility takes care of all financial requirements when setting up your lab and lets you make multiple withdrawals when you need and prepay when you start earning some revenue and have some surplus funds with you. A Flexi business loan for doctors also allows you to pay interest-only EMIs for the initial tenor, reducing your EMIs by up to 45%* compared to standard term loans.

3.Medical equipment:

You cannot run a pathology centre without adequate medical equipment. So, make a list of all the new equipment and peripherals you need to ensure that the quality of your diagnostic services is top-notch.

The accuracy and speed with which you can do your job depend on the quality of medical equipment you pick, so ensure that you get the best equipment that fits your practice’s budget. If you don’t have the funds on you, you can always opt for medical loans which are personalised for your needs.

4.Dedicated employees:

Since a pathology laboratory is a highly specialised profession, you will need a team of qualified employees. You have to hire doctors, lab technicians, nurses, and management executives too. Ensure that you have enough employees to ensure a short turnaround time that helps doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions quicker. Remember that staff would be integral to the day-to-day affairs of your business. Apart from core employees, you will also need administrative staff, housekeeping personnel and an HR and finance team. Ensure that you have a good recruitment plan for hiring the right people and their payroll plan too.

Additional read: Path lab centres in tier II & III: A growing market for doctors to leverage

5.License and registration:

The next step is to get the license for your business. As per the law, these licenses vary from business to business. However, they are a compulsory requirement and must not be taken lightly. Take the correct legal measures and apply for your license, registration and any other permission that you may need. Also, remember to renew these licenses from time to time.

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So, if you are making a foray into the world of pathology, remember that you are not only a medical professional but a business owner as well. To help you stay on track, these guidelines will serve as a starting kit. Organise the finances you need and pick your location wisely. Apart from this, connect with reputed doctors and specialists and ensure that they know your services.

Additional read:How to expand your clinic

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