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Primer on Starting and Establishing a Private Medical Practice in the Philippines

 

Reynaldo O. Joson, MD, MHA, MHPEd, MS Surg

rjoson@maniladoctors.com.ph

 

 

How to fulfill the legal requirements of a medical practice

 

 

Checklist of legal requirements

 

Legal Requirements

What

Where to Secure and Some Procedurals and Details

License to practice medicine in the Philippines / in a community

 

 

License to practice medicine in the Philippines

Professional Regulations Commission (PRC)

Main Office (Manila) or its branches 

License to practice medicine in the Philippines

 

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 

Main Office (Manila) or its branches 

Permit to practice trade

Name of business

License to practice medicine in a community

Professional Tax Receipt

City Hall

About PhP 300.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Certification of medical training

 

 

General Medicine

Diploma from a medical school

Certificate of medical internship

Medical School

Hospital accredited by APMC (Association of Philippine Medical Colleges)

Specialty training

Certificate of Completion

Specialty Training Institution

 

Specialty board certification

Specialty board

 

 

 

 

 

 

Membership in Accredited Medical Societies

 

 

General Medicine

Philippine Medical Association

Main Office (Manila) or its branches (pls. check)

Specialty

Specialty society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Medical License

 

 

 

S2

Dangerous Drug Board

PhP 1,500 every 3 years for license to be able to prescribed restricted drugs like morphine

Yellow prescription pads

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation Requirements

 

Bureau of Internal Revenue

 

Tax Identification Number (TIN)

 

 

1901/1902

Self-employed/employed registration

 

0605

Business Registration (VAT/nonVAT)

Physicians are nonVAT

 

Permit to print receipts

BIR certified receipt printer

 

BIR stamping of accounting books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insurances

 

 

 

Philippine Health Insurance Company (PHIC) Accreditation

Philippine Health Insurance Company

Main Office (Manila) or its branches

 

Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Accreditation

Specific HMO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee requirements

 

 

 

Social Security System (SSS) for nongovernment employee

SSS

Main Office (Manila) or its branches

 

Government Social Insurance System (GSIS) for government employee

GSIS

Main Office (Manila) or its branches

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other requirements

 

 

 

Residence Certificate AB

(Cedula)

City Hall

 

 

For details, pls. click on hyperlinked topics or regulatory agencies (under construction, as of December 26, 2002).  Email me if there is an urgency to know the details.