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  • 5 years later...

The latest list i found from 2017 i believe of prohibited occupations here for foreigners ...

Diving, maritime navigation, working on ships, extracting wreckage, exportation of fish, other sea creatures, sand and pebbles mining, working as executive director in travel agencies, midwife, dentist, vet, career, pharmacist, optician, executive director in hospitals, judge, lawyer, prosecutor, security guard, notary.

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I recently read something about there being an exception for doctors working in private hospitals. It took me a while to find it, but here it is:


Mondaq is a site which covers legal developments in Turkey. You have to join the site to read the article. According to the article, foreign doctors can work in Turkey as long as they meet certain requirements. The list of requirements is in the article.

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Ironically yesterday while here house sitting for friends  in Fethiye, my wife needed to see a Doctor for a chest infection & the guy was in a private practice, Albanian with Turkish citizenship & was the first foreigner to be allowed to practice in Turkey.
Strange that you can be a Doctor, but not Dentist or Vet...

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I met with a doctor the other night. He said if you want to work in general practice, you must pass the doctor's exam first. It is a difficult exam, and it is in Turkish. However, a passing rate is 50% or above, still he said it was a very difficult test. If you want to work in a specialty, you have to pass the exam for that specialty, but not the general practice exam. Then you have to meet with a panel consisting of general practitioners and specialists. Again, it is all in Turkish. But passing the specialists exam, for someone who is already a specialist, should be easier than passing the exam for general practitioners.

Here is a link to information about foreign doctors and how they can work in Turkey:


It's in Turkish, but you can view it in Google Chrome and translate it with their translation application.

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I own 2 x apartments on Mirage Residence complex in Side, Turkey ... one I live in ... the other one I rent to a Brain Surgeon/Doctor from the local Bilgi Hospital.  He gets paid the same amount as a secretary would get in England and cannot afford to buy a property of his own.  He would like to buy the one he is renting from me but that is £65,000 with the furniture included and he only has managed to save up £35,000 ... sad but true ... and his advice ... go to another country where you WILL get paid what you are worth!!!  



These are the average wages for various types of doctors working in USA .. 

The top 8 highest paid doctors are:
  • Radiologists: $315,000.
  • Orthopedic surgeons: $315,000.
  • Cardiologists: $314,000.
  • Anesthesiologists: $309,000.
  • Urologists: $309,000.
  • Gastroenterologists: $303,000.
  • Oncologists: $295,000.
  • Dermatologists: $283,000.

In ENGLAND, these are doctors' salaries for 2019 ... 

Doctors in training - As a doctor in training you’ll earn a basic salary, plus pay for any hours over 40 per week, a 37 per cent enhancement for working nights, a weekend allowance for any work at the weekend, an availability allowance if you are required to be available on-call, and other potential pay premia.

In Foundation training, you will earn a basic salary of £27,689 to £32,050.  If you’re a doctor starting your specialist training in 2019 your basic starting salary will be £37,935 to £48,075.

Specialty doctors - If you’re working as a specialty doctor you’ll earn a basic salary of £40,037 to £74,661.

Consultants - As a consultant from 1 April 2019, you'll earn a basic salary of £79,860 to £107,668 per year, depending on the length of your service. You may apply for local and national Clinical Excellence Awards. This is a competitive process which takes into account work that you do over and above delivering your basic job requirements. In addition, if you take on extra responsibilities, for example in management or education, you may expect to be paid more.

Consultants can also supplement their salary by working in private practice if they wish. The opportunities available will depend on their specialty areas and the time they wish to spend on this outside of their NHS contracted hours.

General practitioners

There are two contractual options for GPs. They can be:

1) independent contractors who are in charge of running their own practices as business either alone or in partnerships. They have autonomy in how services are delivered according to their contract with the Clinical Commissioning Group. In England, these GPs have increasing responsibility for the commissioning of hospital services for the community

2) salaried GPs who are employees of independent contractor practices or directly employed by primary care organisations. From 1 April 2019, the pay range for salaried GPs is £58,808 to £88,744

x Angela in Side- pronounced See-Day - in Turkey x 

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