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Ministry of Health in Jordan Aims to Increase its Annual Budget

AmmanA senior government official announced on Monday that around 50% of the Ministry of Health’s annual budget of JD515 million is spent on the treatment of beneficiaries in other health facilities. Minister of Health Abdul Latif Wreikat spoke during a media forum organized by the Centre for Defending the Freedom of Journalists saying the cost of referring patients to hospitals other than those affiliated with the public health sector amounts to JD256 million annually. He said “Every year, the ministry pays an average of JD100 million to the King Hussein Cancer Centre, JD48 million to the Royal Medical Services, JD48 million to the University of Hospital, JD52 million to King Abdullah I Hospital and JD8 million to private sector facilities”.

Wreikat mentioned “Patients who cannot be treated in one of the ministry’s hospitals, or if beds are unavailable, are referred to another facility affiliated with our partners” adding that 87% of the treatment cost for each Jordanian and 65% of non-Jordanians is covered by the government. The minister said “Currently, around 2.5 million Jordanians are covered by public , constituting 41.8% of the total number of citizens with medical insurance”. Because population growth is one of the challenges facing the health sector the ministry will provide health insurance to another 139,000 Jordanians next year, at a cost of JD19, 230 million.

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