The Differences Between Working In A Public Service Versus A Private Practice.

By Marama Montgomery
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When you work in the healthcare sector, there are often a lot of factors that influence your decision of what career path to take, what job to pursue and where to pursue it. One of the most important of those factors is whether you should work in a private practice or in the public system.

Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and some people prefer one over the other.

Below are a few of the key differences between working in the public healthcare system as opposed to a private practice so you can determine which is best for you.

  • Career Path

    In the private sector, career growth can sometimes be hard to find, especially if you don’t own your own practice. It might even mean moving practices to find a higher level position if there’s not one available at your current practice.

    In a public practice, however, there’s usually somewhere higher up in the system that you can go. With teams being larger and public systems having more funding than private, quite often there is more scope for career progression if that’s what you’re looking for.

  • Size of team

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    In the public sector, in a hospital, for example, the team is huge. There are hundreds of Doctors, nurses, admin staff, and others who work together too keep a large operation like that running smoothly. Everyone in a team this size has their place, though it can sometimes just feel like you’re a cog in a machine.

    In a private practice, more often the team is much smaller. This means you will be working more closely with a small group of people more regularly than you might in the public sector, and it also means you might have to step across into other roles occasionally, helping with admin or other paperwork, for example.

  • Patients

    The patients of private practice are quite often return patients, dealing with ongoing issues. This allows you to build long term relationships with them, and understand more about their issues – which may even mean you’re able to provide a better level of care.

    In the public sector, most often you will only see a patient once, for more serious issues. While you will see a lot of patients over the day, you’ll also see a wide range of problems. The variety in your day will always keep things interesting.

    Choosing between working in a private practice or the public sector can be an easy decision for some, and harder for others – which is why we hope these three points will bring a little bit of clarity and help you find the perfect medical job position for you.

What are your experiences and thoughts?

Have any thoughts or experiences you’d like to share about what’s involved with relocating for a job in healthcare? We’d love to hear them so please leave your comments in the reply box below.


Okay for now lets leave it there. And keep an eye out for part two of our series on what’s really involved with relocating for a job in healthcare soon.

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