Growth in medical tourism to Jordan

 

According to Awni Bashir of Jordan’s Private Hospitals Association (PHA), "Patients from 102 countries went to Jordan for treatment in 2010. The number of Arab and foreign patients who received treatment in Jordan increased by 10 % in 2010 compared to 2009, to 230,000.The medical tourism industry's potential for growth is limited by the number of hospitals in the country. 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. There are just 61 private hospitals in the country with only two more under construction. The lack of a medical accountability law means US health insurance companies will not refer patients to Jordanian hospitals. We treated patients from the US last year, but they came personally without being referred by insurance companies.

A draft medical accountability law for Jordan was formulated in early 2010, but has yet to be forwarded to the Lower House for consideration. According to the latest report issued by PHA, medical procedures on Arab and foreign patients included organ transplants, open-heart surgeries, infertility treatment, laser vision corrections, bone operations and cancer treatment.”

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