Healthcare System Overview
Positioned as a gateway to the Middle East, Jordan is emerging as one of the world’s
most desirable locations for investment in health and wellness. This includes medical
and spa tourism, bio-medical research and production, medical equipment sales, and
wellness products from the Dead Sea.
One of Jordan’s primary assets in the medical services sector is its workforce,
as the country boasts over 22,0001 physicians most of which are board certified
in the United States, United Kingdom, or Germany and a growing cadre of nurses that
are trained in state-of-the-art patient care.
The Government of Jordan actively promotes investment in the healthcare and wellness
sector through the Jordan Investment Board, which is a focal point for highlighting
Jordan’s increasing medical services to offer companies.
Another of Jordan’s assets in the health and wellness sector is its competitive
cost structure, which offers medical services companies a low-risk platform to serve
the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market, as well as providing them with significant
research and laboratory capabilities.
Jordan’s focus on medical and spa tourism has positioned the country as one
of the fastest growing markets in the region, with revenues from foreign patients
increasing substantially every year. The country is also positioning itself for
rapid growth in other medical services areas, such as the conducting of clinical
trials through its modern Contract Research
1 Source: Jordan Medical Association
Organizations (CROs), and its focus on its progressive economic environment as a
sales platform for medical equipment and services.
Jordan is achieving success because of the importance it has placed on the development
of quality healthcare. The following table highlights Jordan’s expenditures
in this sector in comparison to selected countries:
Figure 1: Jordan’s total expenditure on health as % of GDP
compared to other MENA countries and the USA1
While lower than the United States, Jordan has the highest expenditures on health
as percentage of its GDP in the MENA region, with much of this investment going
to upgrade facilities and equipment, provide quality medical services to its citizens,
and to provide training opportunities for health service professionals.
2 Source: World Health Organization report 2010
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