Credit card features doctors should consider

 

Choosing a credit card can be complicated business given how many options there are out there. For medical professionals especially, you want to choose a card that has the right benefits and rewards to suit your specific needs.

Here are some of the major factors to consider when picking a credit card that works for you.

Insurance coverage

Many credit cards for doctors come with complimentary coverage such as buyer protection and travel insurance. If you plan to use your credit card frequently, for big purchases or while travelling, choosing a card with insurance offers peace of mind that you’ll be protected should something go wrong.

Split statements

If you plan on using your credit card for personal and business purposes (such as to make purchases for your practice), it’s worth looking for a credit card provider that offers split statements. With dual statements, you’ll easily be able to separate your personal and business purchases and manage your finances more effectively.

Compatibility with business accounting systems

Choosing a card that’s compatible with business accounting systems such as Xero or MYOB means you can easily record business transactions made on your credit card in your business system. This helps with managing expenses and getting a clear picture of your cash flow.

Advanced security features

Today it’s more important than ever to ensure your credit card provider offers advanced security, especially if you plan on using your card for business purposes. Systems like Verified by Visa and Orion offer 24-hour monitoring of your card so that any unauthorised activity is picked up swiftly, and you’ll be notified as soon as possible.

Travel benefits

If you frequently travel for work, look for a card with a generous travel rewards program. Some providers offer cards with frequent flyer points for purchases and other benefits such lounge access. 

Spend limits and alerts

If you need to track your ongoing spend, choose a card with an SMS alert service. You can get alerts sent to you when you’ve reached your limit or are nearing it, which is useful if you’re using your card for business and need to closely monitor your outgoings.

24/7 service

Emergencies can happen at any time of day, so it’s important to choose a credit card provider that offers service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. While most credit card providers claim to offer personalised client service, they don’t all have support teams on hand at all hours – so make sure you choose one that can offer help when it’s needed most.
 

Above all, when it comes to choosing a credit card, it pays to shop around and find a provider that understands the needs of medical professionals and your specific business requirements. With the right credit card, you can manage your finances and, if you have one, run your practice more effectively.

 

Looking for a credit card with rewards for doctors? Take a look at our BOQ specialist credit card benefits.

 

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