Small Practice Clinic
Respondents were asked the following questions to assess its eligibility for exemption from license under the licensing scheme proposed by the PHF Bill:
- Is the clinic owned by a sole proprietorship, and if not, how many director(s)/partner(s) does this company have?
- For company/partnership, how many director(s)/partner(s) is/are medical practitioner(s) or dentist(s)?
- For company/partnership, how many director(s)/partner(s) practise medicine or dentistry in this facility?
- Is there any relieving locum practising in this facility?
- Other than the owner and relieving locum(s), is there any medical practitioner or dentist also practising in this facility?
Under the proposed scheme, a clinic is a “small practice clinic” exempted from license if it is –
- not a DPC where scheduled medical procedures were performed; and
- operated under a sole proprietorship, a company, or a partnership having not more than 5 directors or partners, who are all medical practitioners and/or dentists; and
- none other than the sole proprietor, directors or partners served in the facility, except locum who took up duties for not more than 60 days in a calendar year for each proprietor, partner or director, or cumulatively 180 days in a year for a facility.
|Type of business entity of clinics
||Number of clinics
||Number (%) of clinics that were small practice clinics
| Sole proprietorship
|| 1 337
|| 1 143 (85.5%)
| Registered Company with ≤5 directors
|| 242 (36.3%)
| Partnership with ≤5 partners
|| 70 (70.7%)
| Others (e.g. society, statutory body, trade union)
|| 2 137
|| 1 455 (68.1%)