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Jordan records 100,000 medical tourists in 2022

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AMMAN — At least 100,000 people came to Jordan seeking medical treatment in the first seven months of this year, head of the Private Hospitals Association Fawzi Al-Hammouri said, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

Hammouri said that attracting visitors for medical tourism faces several challenges, most notably is the high prices of medical supplies and medications, the energy bill, fees, and taxes.

Other problems include the absence of direct flights between Jordan and countries whose citizens are likely to visit Jordan for medical reasons, he said.

Hammouri also noted that there is a significant shortage of trained nursing personnel.

“We lost a large percentage of our nursing cadres who used to work in private hospitals, as many have migrated,” he said. “The government, alongside the Jordan Nurses and Midwives Council, are helping the nurses emigrate.”

As a result, Hammouri noted that the number of medical tourists has been decreasing for the past three years, compared with the figures recorded in 2019 before the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Hammouri, JD4 billion is the value of investment in the health sector, which employs 40,000 Jordanians.

He pointed out that the political and security stability in Jordan contributes to attracting tourists, including those seeking heath care.


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