Healthcare in Jordan
is generally perceived as a country with decent healthcare services.
However, there is structure imbalance of healthcare provision in
the country. Except for
(undoubtedly one of the places on earth which boasts of excellent
healthcare infrastructure), the rest of
is mired with flaws in terms of healthcare administration.
Statistic released by the government suggested that
spent more than 7% of its GDP (or gross domestic products) on the
country's healthcare infrastructure in 2002.
But experts in the industry suspected that the actual number
should be closer to 9% of the countries GDP.
Jordan Public Healthcare
healthcare industry is primarily made up of public and private sectors.
On the public sector side, a number of government ministries and
agencies are involved in the country's healthcare scene but Ministry of
Health represents the biggest governmental stakeholder.
It takes charge of the country's biggest network of medical
facilities (1245 primary healthcare centers and another 27 public
hospitals -- which collectively contribute to approximately 37% of total
hospital beds in the country).
Another 24% of hospital beds are attributed to the Military's
Royal Medical Services (with 11 hospitals under its wing), and also a
subsequent 3% more hospital beds comes from Jordan University
Jordan Private Healthcare
The presence of private sector seems small by comparison.
It is responsible for the remainder 36% of total hospital beds in
the country through its network of 56 hospitals.
Nevertheless, the private sector has been on expansion drive in
recent years. The
aggressiveness and optimism in the private sector perhaps can best be
epitomized by the construction and the grand opening of
Hospital (the biggest ever
private run and general specialty hospital in the country).
It received a great deal of encouragement when it was included as
part of JCI international accreditation program in 2007.
Overall, the medical related expenditure are individual is
considered as reasonable, to the extent of being cheap when compared
against neighboring countries in middle east, this is due in part to the
heavy subsidies from the government.
Infectious diseases in Jordan
Not many countries can claim themselves to be able to escape unscathed
from the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency
syndrome (HIV/AIDS) as this dreadful disease ravaged the international
world at its peak. But
happens to be one. According
to a 2003 report, the prevalent rate of HIV/AIDS in Jordan never went beyond 0.1%.
In term of infectious diseases, the United Nations development program
has declared that Jordan did not
report a single case of malaria since 2001.
The country's health authority still has to grapple with the
issue of tuberculosis, but it has come long way since the 90s.
The number of reported cases has come down by 50% during this
period. The country was never exactly free of quick but short epidemic
of bird flu that affects the international world from time to time, but
it has always managed to come on top of the situations in impressively
quick turnaround, as demonstrated during the international bird flu
epidemic in 2006.
Consistent with the rest of the developed world, non-infectious diseases
like cancer are becoming more common in
Jordan, among top critical diseases.
National immunization program is aggressively promoted in this country
especially among the young children since the early 90s, and today it is
estimated that over 95% of all children 4 years and younger have all
been successfully vaccinated.
Finding a suitable Medical Insurance in Jordan
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