The Entrepreneurial Orientation of General Practitioners – Current Theory and Practice in the Czech Republic



Rok publikování 2023
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj HEALTH POLICY
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Ekonomicko-správní fakulta

Klíčová slova general medical practice; entrepreneurial orientation; performance; transfer of legal forms
Přiložené soubory
Popis Background: Since 2010, the Czech Republic has been experiencing a spontaneous phenomenon in which General Practitioner (GPs) practices have been transferred to a legal limited liability company as defined by the Commercial Code. Objectives: Our research attempted to ascertain the reasons that induced GPs to change their legal form, thereby opting for an entrepreneurial orientation (EO). A second objective was to measure the impact of this change on the healthcare performance of GP practices. Methodology/Approach: We used exploratory research to examine this phenomenon in healthcare service provision. Data from 131 questionnaires was evaluated using an exploratory survey with descriptive statistics. To assess the healthcare performance of GP practices, we used secondary data from the Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic. Findings: The GPs interviewed considered their practices to be businesses. Their decision to change to a limited company form was influenced by the possibility of selling or transferring the business, employment sustainability and job security, and advantages related to cost structure and taxation. Our study shows that, in a generational exchange, the change in legal form enhances the sustainability and operation of the practice within the context of the current demands for high-quality healthcare.

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