There are several types of entities for the provision of health, but they are mostly divided into hospitals, clinics and specialized consultation.


Hospitals care for outpatients (ambulatory), but are also equipped for internal patients (hospitalized), having more specialized equipment such as operating rooms, surgery equipment and more staff for its operation. Commonly hospitals are larger organizations, therefore more formally structured and divided by departments specialized on different tasks related to services and administration.


Doctors reviewing documentsClinics are simpler health units than hospitals; they serve to ambulatory patients as they do not have beds for the internment of people. Normally they are groups of doctors dedicated to one or several specialties and have a staff responsible for the different operational and administrative areas, such as nursing, administration, reception, maintenance, others. Sometimes, administration is carried out by a manager, who can be any of the doctors involved, or an owner who can be (or not) one of the doctors of the practice.


The specialized consultation can be given in offices or through medical home visits. Doctors in solitaire may or may not have assistants, such as receptionist or nurse; they particularly cover the administrative tasks of the business themselves.

Clinics and doctors need to have a well-defined organization and a solid structure is evident for hospitals, but it is also necessary for clinics and solitaire health providers. A good definition of positions, policies, standards, activities, responsibilities, and others are essential to run a successful business. All these must be managed as a service company and provide a high quality service to both clients and trading partners, improving the health of patients in an efficient manner.