Attracting foreign patients with advanced medical expertise
Jordan has achieved great strides in the medical tourism industry over the past several years. Serving as a safe haven in the region, the kingdom is considered the number one medical tourism destination in the MENA region. Middle East Health spoke to Dr Fawzi Al-Hammouri, Chairman of the Private Hospitals Association of Jordan, about the association and medical tourism in Jordan. Dr Al-Hammouri is Honorary President of the Global Healthcare Travel Council and a key player in the medical tourism sector in the region.
Middle East Health: What is
the role of the Private Hospitals Association in promoting Jordan as a
medical tourism destination?
MEH: Why is Jordan attractive
to foreign patients?
Since the early seventies Jordan has been regarded as a pioneer for performing many medical procedures in the Arab world for the first time. These achievements have made Jordan well known for its medical expertise and an attractive destination for foreign medical patients.
Jordanian physicians and surgeons have a very good reputation. The Jordanian Government decided that education and investment in its human capital will be the way to build the future of our country, so youwill fi nd that Jordan leads the region in the number of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and engineers per capita. For example, Jordan has 29 physicians and 33 nurses and 16 pharmacists per 10,000 population. We also invested in scholarships for our doctors to get post graduate training and certifi cates from USA, UK, Canada, Germany and many other countries.
There is also a positive investment environment in Jordan, which has led to the private sector building hospitals. More than 60% of hospitals in Jordan are private, and they are well equipped with the latest medical technology. Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are now easily available for patients at low cost with no waiting time and without compromising the quality of care, which is crucial for travelling patients.
Our hospitals apply international quality standards. At present, 10 Jordanian hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), with many others in the process of obtaining this accreditation and 25 hospitals are accredited by the Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC).
Jordan boasts significant expertise in a variety of medical specialties such as kidney transplant, bone marrow transplant, oncology, paediatrics, geriatrics, cardiac surgery, orthopaedic procedures, cosmetic surgery, dental procedures, IVF, psychiatry and drug addiction, to name a few.
Jordan has certain characteristics that favour it as a medical tourism destination, such as a high level of security and stability compared to other countries in the region.
Jordanís climate is another attractive point as in most days of the year the weather is moderate, in addition to that Jordan has numerous tourist attractions and archaeological sites, several of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the historic city of Petra. Jordan had the largest natural spa on earth which is the Dead Sea the lowest point on earth, which has healing powers for many diseases such as psoriasis and pulmonary diseases.
MEH: Can you tell us about
some of the achievements of the Private Hospitals Association?
|Date of upload: 16th Jul 2017|
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