For any healthcare practitioner looking to rent office space from a medical practitioner with facilities, it is imperative that you mitigate the many risks with Medical Practice Insurance. Here are our suggestions to keep your practice safe and protected.
Medical Indemnity Insurance for the room rental contract
Of course you need a written contract, which must be drafted by your practice’s lawyers – to ensure that the terms and conditions (services and termination) are fair. But most importantly, both parties must have in place- proper Medical Practice Insurance in Australia as well as Medical Indemnity Insurance.
Many room rental arrangements are informal but we do not think that is a good idea… your practice’s operations are too important to be in jeopardy due to poor legal advice or lack of insurance coverage.
Remember- You are an independent business and need to keep your Medical Indemnity Cover Policy up to date.
Again, be certain that you have all of the right insurances in place. Room rental practitioners must hold their own public liability. Plus keep your Medical Indemnity Cover Policy up to date on a regular basis as your private billings increase so will your premiums.
Selecting the right rooms and services
You cannot do enough due diligence on the practitioners (facility) who is renting you seasonal rooms. Are their procedures, staff, facilities etc satisfactory and meet your high standards? Do they have the right Medical Professional Indemnity Insurance in place?
These rooms you will be renting definitely will have a powerful influence on your patient’s opinion of you, so choosing the right seasonal rooms is as crucial as if you were deciding to lease or purchase your own rooms.
Have a Plan B
What happens if the rooms are sold without notice or a storm or fire causes damage to your space? Do you have a business continuity plan as to how you will continue to see patients if you can’t access the rooms?
This publication is general in nature and is not comprehensive or constitute legal or medical advice. You should seek legal, medical or other professional advice before relying on any content, and practice proper clinical decision making with regard to individual circumstances. Persons implementing any recommendations contained in this publication must exercise their own independent skill or judgment or seek appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular practice. Compliance with any recommendations will not in any way guarantee discharge of the duty of care owed to patients and others coming into contact with the health professional or practice. Tego Insurance Pty Ltd is not responsible to you or anyone else for any loss suffered in connection with the use of this information.
Eric is the CEO of Tego, an insurance agency offering specialist indemnity insurance solutions for the healthcare and life sciences sectors. His qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in business and law, a master’s degree from UNSW in law and management and an MBA from the AGSM.