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Jordan’s Medical Tourism Section Is Among The global top five

According to a World Bank report, the Kingdom’s section has been ranked among the top five in the world. Awni Bashir, the president of Private Hospitals Association, mentioned that ranked first in the area and fifth globally as a medical tourism destination according to a 2009/2010 World Bank report.

jordan hospitalsBashir noted that the ranking system took into account flight routes to the destination, standard of living, availability and quality of medical equipment, and availability of qualified medical staff. He also reported in a recent interview with The Jordan Times that despite patients from 102 countries came to Jordan for treatment in 2010; the medical tourism industry’s potential for growth is limited by the number of hospitals in the country.

Bashir said that there are currently 61 private hospitals in the country with two still under construction. He added “Available hospitals cannot cope with the rising number of patients seeking treatment in the country, and there is a need for more investment in the sector”.

Moreover, the lack of a “medical accountability” law has impacted the section, because it prevents US health insurance companies from referring patients to Jordanian hospitals. Bashir reported that “We treated patients from the US last year, but they came personally without being referred by insurance companies”.

The legislation and Opinion Bureau in early 2010 was the reason around the formation of the draft medical accountability law. Bashir mentioned that Jordanian physicians, who left the country seeking better salaries, are “willing to come back” but they should fulfill certain conditions.

In addition, Bashir predicted that “If we worked more on marketing medical tourism and increasing the number of hospitals, some of the doctors will definitely come back”. PHA figures referred that 1,200 of the 20,000 physicians registered at the Jordan Medical Association live and work abroad, 250 in the US.

According to the latest report issued by PHA, the number of Arab and foreign patients who received treatment in Jordan raised by 10 % compared to 2009 last year. Medical procedures on Arab and foreign patients involved organ transplants, open heart surgeries, infertility treatment, laser vision corrections, bone operations and cancer treatment.

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