This Guide to Preparing a Medical Practice Business Plan has been developed to assist both doctors and practice managers understand the potential of their practices. It contains numerous practical tips and advice and identifies the main issues connected to planning and successfully running the practice. It has been identified as an area where practice managers and doctors alike have a keen interest, and a lot of important information is contained in the guide.
Starting a practice is probably one of the most significant professional decisions a doctor will undertake during their professional life. “Starting a practice” or to “Buy into an existing practice” is a common goal for many doctors and health professionals.
Buying a practice should be the best investment for a GP. A mark of a good practice is a demonstrable ability to produce an above average return for its owners. Prospective buyers will be prepared to pay a premium over the value of the practice’s tangible assets to receive that above average rate of return.
Tax planning should be an on-going process whereby commercial issues and developments are constantly monitored and the implications of income and other tax practices considered.
Tax planning is a legitimate activity and occurs constantly throughout a GP’s career. For example, we encourage GPs to pay large super contributions every year, at all stages of their career. The primary purpose is to ensure a financially secure retirement, but like most strategies there are secondary purposes too. In this case the protection of assets (super is protected in bankruptcy) and reducing tax are common secondary purposes.