Jordan to achieve comprehensive health care coverage by 2030 - minister

Feras Alhawari
(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN— Achieving comprehensive health care coverage by 2030 is one of the national priorities, said Firas Al-Hawari, minister of health, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Hawari made those remarks during a conference held at the Dead Sea by the Jordanian Society for Health Insurance (JSHI) and titled “Towards a comprehensive health cover in Jordan”.

Hawari said that His Majesty King Abdullah’s directives to Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh is to include more people in health insurance programs, adding that the different governments in Jordan adopted mechanisms for social and financial protection for citizens.

The protection was provided through the Ministry of Health by providing partial insurance for normal health cases reaching 80 percent. The government also provides free health care for those suffering from diseases that require prolonged and expensive treatment, like cancers, renal failure, and chronic blood diseases, according to the minister.

The ministry also provides maternity and pediatric care through its national vaccination program, in addition to providing a network of health care centers to provide its services through, Hawari said.

He said that Jordan has also been able to include around 650,000 children in free health insurance, in addition to those over 60 years old, as well as blood and organ donators.

The Statistics Department conducted a study that found that those who receive health care amounted to 72 percent in 2018, according to Hawari, who also said that the number of beneficiaries from the National Aid Fund and the Social Safety Network have increased.

However, former prime minister Omar Razzaz, who attended the conference, said that Jordan’s journey toward comprehensive health care cover started decades ago, adding that those efforts have not come to an end as yet.
Razzaz said there is political willingness to achieve comprehensive, just, and sustainable health care in Jordan.

For his part, former health minister Saad Jaber said that Jordan spends around 8.2 percent of its GDP on health care, which he said is a high percentage. Jaber also pointed out that the government would support health insurance subscriptions based on each family’s monthly income.

Jaber said that the ministry of health spends around JD2.5 billion each year to provide unique health services for citizens. 

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