Health sector waste constitutes ‘8% of annual GDP’

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AMMAN — Founder and president of the Amman Group for Future Dialogues Bilal Al-Tal said that waste in the Kingdom’s health sector, is equivalent to over 8 percent of GDP annually, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

Speaking at a press conference announcing the results of a study on waste in the Jordanian health sector, Tal said that the percentage is likely to increase if wasting persists and no quick and short-term and radical, long-term solutions are found, and if no radical, long-term solutions are found.

The study prepared by the group provides a stark example of the scale of waste of Jordan’s financial resources, attributed to several reasons, at the forefront of which is the fragmentation of the health sector, which also deprives citizens of the health services they deserve.

Waste is also the reason for the unjust provision of health care to citizens, often benefiting those who do not pay far more than those who do, said Tal, adding that all this is caused by “the absence of oversight lack and seriousness, and above all, of the rule of law”.

According to Tal, the paper on waste in the health sector “stems from the keenness of the Amman Group for Future Dialogues to implement His Majesty King Abdullah’s directive to enshrine the principle of transparency, in order to address shortcomings.

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