Iran raises exit permit deposit for medical students

As Iranian doctors emigrate en masse to other countries, the Ministry of Health has increased the exit permit bond for medical, dental and pharmacy students to $5,000 per year.

Deputy Education Minister in the Health Ministry Abolfazl Bagherifard said on Monday that graduate students should provide 150 million tomans to leave the country for one year and undergraduate students should provide bonds. worth $2,000.

Students must provide an official letter of commitment to return as well as a guarantee from others by depositing a real estate bond or a bank guarantee.

Officials and lawmakers warn that Iran may be forced to hire foreign doctors as Iranian doctors leave in large numbers. Dr. Mohammad Raeeszadeh, head of the Medical Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran, recently warned in a speech at a nationwide rally on Doctors’ Day that misguided government policies are causing disillusionment among young doctors. and could lead to a wave of emigration or career change among them.

Earlier this year, in April, Iran’s Medical Council said around 4,000 doctors had applied for certificates of good conduct in the past 12 months with the intention of leaving the country. Council spokesman Reza Laripour said the the annual number of such requests was less than 600 between 2013 and 2015.

A public opinion survey conducted in August indicated that nearly half of young Iranians want to leave the country amid pessimism about their future.

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