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Jordan has excellent capabilities and expertise, leveraging its high quality education system and workforce, in a variety of health and wellness areas including medical specialties, clinical trials, medical tourism, wellness/ spa tourism, bio-medical research, and medical equipment sales.

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Medical Specialties

Jordan boasts significant expertise in a variety of medical specialties such as oncology, pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiac surgery, acute care, podiatry, and cosmetic surgery to name a few. Jordan has over 22,000 physicians, most of whom are board certified in the United States, the United Kingdom, or Germany, who are general practitioners as well as specialists. In cardiovascular surgery alone, Jordan has seven board certified and highlyskilled surgeons whose reputations are known throughout the region. It has 26 physicians for every 10,000 persons, which is one of the highest ratios in the region. 31 In addition, Jordan is home to a plethora of modern medical facilities, such as the King Hussein Cancer Center, which is known throughout the world for its state-of-the-art oncology treatment. Currently, Jordan has 61 private hospitals and 2 university hospitals that specialize in training and research, in addition to a number of government and military hospitals.

In terms of specialty surgical procedures and care, Jordan has a long and impressive history of success. The following outlines the milestones in the country’s medical and surgical specialties that have prepared its physicians to offer these services to patients from both within and outside Jordan:

  • First open heart surgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1970
  • First kidney transplant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1972
  • First Laparoscopic Surgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1973
  • First Heart Transplant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1985
  • First Bone Marrow Transplant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1995
  • First Liver Transplant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2004

3 World Health Organization report 2010

Clinical trials

As part of its focus on building the pharmaceutical sector, Jordan is becoming an increasingly attractive location for Contract Research Organizations (CROs) that conduct phase one, two, and three clinical trials.

Jordan’s modern CROs operate according to international best practices, using the highest quality standards and modern equipment to conduct trials, as well as to conduct research in areas such as bio-equivalence. The Government of Jordan’s Food and Drug Administration has adopted international standards for regulation of clinical trials that enhance the country’s competitive advantage and is an incentive for international pharmaceutical companies to collaborate with Jordanian CROs.

In addition, Jordan’s accession to the World Trade Organization and its signing of the Jordan-U.S. Free Trade Agreement resulted in the implementation of the best intellectual property rights regime in the region.

 

Medical and Wellness tourism

Medical tourism

Over the last three years, Jordan has emerged as one of the most desirable locations in the region for medical tourism, and it is rapidly developing an international reputation for quality and affordable health care. Seven Joint Commission International (JCI) private accredited hospitals, which ensure international standards in care and customer service, along with an affordable cost structure, make “Turning to Jordan” for quality care a natural choice. From the standpoint of cost, Jordan’s value proposition for international patients is strong. The following table highlights the cost comparison between procedures done in Jordan versus other countries that are known for quality health care:

Table 1: Cost comparison between Jordan and other countries for selected procedures
Note: Approximate costs in U.S. Dollars (Cont’d on next page)

 

In addition to quality and cost, Jordan offers many modern health care institutions with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment equipment. Jordan’s hospitals invest heavily in modern technology, with the latest MRI, CT-Scan, and IVF equipment as standard equipment in most private hospitals.

Patients from around the world laud Jordan’s offer for medical tourism as outstanding, with over 240,000 medical tourists visiting the kingdom in 2010 and the number is growing considerably each year. 4


4 Source: Jordan Private Hospitals Association

Table 1: Cost comparison between Jordan and
other countries for selected procedures
Note: Approximate costs in Euros

 

Spa and Wellness

Ancient monuments steeped in history and a cultural milieu spanning thousands of years may be top of mind for many travelers heading to Jordan. However, increasing numbers of visitors are also eyeing Jordan for its ultra-modern resorts and spas set against the turquoise hue of the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. Rejuvenate your body and mind with a soothing full body massage topped off with a dip into the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea.

Unique to Jordan’s wellness and spa tourism brand is its focus on Dead Sea products, which are known for their superb health attributes. Jordanian spas and resorts utilize these products widely due to their organic compounds that sooth and protect the skin.

International investment from global brands such as Marriott, Mövenpick, and Kempenski have added increasing value to the wellness tourism market, with amenities that are on par with five star resorts around the world. Amman and other metropolitan areas are also home to a large number of private spas that meet international standards for health and modernity.




Medical research and technology Sales

Research/Production

Jordan is emerging as a viable location for bio-medicine research and production due to its high level of educational attainment, especially in the fields of medicine and engineering. Jordan has more than 85,000 engineers5,1many of them with backgrounds in industrial and technological process, which makes integration of bio-technology viable for the future. In addition, the country has strong research capabilities through the Royal Scientific Society and its university hospital system.

Medical technology Sales and Service

Because of its close access to the multi-billion dollar Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market, Jordan is a natural location for companies that wish to establish sales and service operations in the field of medical technology.

Jordan not only possesses a large talent pool of engineers; but it also offers world class resources in sales, marketing, and promotion. Because of its stable political environment, central location, and business-friendly laws and regulations, global companies are increasingly beginning to “Turn to Jordan” for collaborative or stand-alone sales and service operations in a variety of sectors. The country’s competitive wage rates, educated workforce, and easy access to MENA countries provides an outstanding opportunity for global medical technology firms to build their business and their brand in an area where significant investment in medical technology upgrades are already being made. Jordanian hospitals alone invested millions of dollars in modern medical technology last year, which is a fraction of that invested by neighboring countries that are struggling to catch up with Jordan’s modern medical system.


5 Source: Jordan Engineers Union

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