Jordan is a major destination for Arabs and non-Arabs seeking excellent medical treatment at reasonable costs, the Jordan News Agency (PETRA) reports citing Dr Fawzi Al-Hammouri, head of the private hospitals association.
Jordan has encouraged patients from 50 Arab and foreign countries to come and receive treatment in the country. Palestinians wounded in the Israeli offensives of 2008, 2012 and 2014 received treatment in Jordan, as did Syrians, Libyans, Yemenis and Sudanese citizens who were wounded in the violence in their countries.
Al-Hammouri says 250,000 people visited the Kingdom last year for medical treatment.
Patients have a large number of doctors they can consult, with 17,000 Jordanian doctors serving in the public and private health sectors. The country also has a good record of organ transplants.
Met’eb Wuraikat, in charge of medical tourism at the Jordanian ministry of health, says the Kingdom’s medical and health sectors have contributed significantly to the country’s gross domestic product.
Experts estimate proceeds of medical tourism at $1.2 billion annually, from hospitals, affiliate facilities, therapeutic spas and medical facilities in the north, south and the Dead Sea.
Al-Hammouri notes investments in the private sector are valued at $3bn. Meanwhile, Mazen Tantash, from the Jordanian Chamber of Commerce, says Jordanian factories export up to 80 per cent of their medical products, making it the only country in the region with greater exports than imports. Medical exports are valued at $876m.
There are a total of 103 public and private hospitals and 700 medical centres in Jordan, with a cardiac surgery in the country costing no more than $10,000 compared to $150,000 in the US.