oa South African Family Practice - Medicine in Iran : a brief overview : open forum

Volume 46, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



General practitioners from Iran will shortly be arriving to work in South Africa. Iran is a large country with a well developed health care system, both public and private. It has sufficient doctors to meet its needs. It has a welldeveloped primary health care network which offers care right down to the village level for all people in the country, and a well-functioning referral system. <br>Iranian doctors train for seven years. Competition for places at medical school is great with only 1% of applicants being accepted. About 4000 doctors graduate every year. All graduates are required to do two years community service, largely in rural health centres. <br>The health care system is specialist orientated. As a result, Iranian general practitioners are somewhat limited in their range of skills, but their basic training is sound and they have good experience from rural public health care.

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