The strongest pillar of Jordan’s medical tourism is quality healthcare. To reinforce it, the Abdali Medical Center, the newest state-of-the-art facility in Amman is slated to open in July’19. It aims to provide high-quality patient-centric care to locals as well as foreign medical tourists.
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Run in collaboration with Clemenceau Medicine International (CMI), the center will deliver the highest standards in a wide range of treatments. This is the first private medical facility in the country to offer patient-oriented care through collaboration and multidisciplinary approach allowing improved diagnosis and evidence-based practices and research on the latest treatments and procedures. Its mission is to create a culture of excellence in medical tourism in the MENA region.
Few years back, His Majesty King Abdullah inaugurated the cell therapy center at the University of Jordan as a part of medical tourism-boosting efforts. Ranked by the World Bank as the leader in medical tourism provider in the Arab region, Jordan looks forward to making new strides in this sector.
Continuum care and all services under one roof:
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Guided by exceptional leadership, Abdali Medical Center will provide all services starting from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation under one roof. Sixteen specialty centers and multiple sub-specialties manned by top-level professionals will work in coordination to get the best patient outcome.
Emergency services, 200 beds, 100 on-site clinics, 14 operating rooms with cutting edge technology, an exhaustive radiology section, modernized laboratory and pathology, three Cath-labs and other specialty centers are included in the facility to deliver the highest level of quality care. On-site parking and valet services will add to patients’ comfort.
Despite adopting the most advanced technologies in treatment and sophisticated IT system for quick and better patient diagnosis, the good news is treatment costs will remain affordable. Embracing the principles of compassionate care and strict clinical governance, the center is committed to providing a safe and superior patient experience.
Highly acclaimed healthcare system driving Jordan medical tourism:
Jordan has earned a reputation in the global medical tourism map for reasons good enough. Travelers from 62 countries are coming to this country seeking medical assistance either out of necessity or by choice contributing more than $1.2 billion revenue earnings on an average.
Prime source markets are Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Bahrain, Oman and the UAE. What makes this small country attract 200,000 plus medical tourists every year?
The answer lies in Jordan’s offerings of superior quality of services at incredibly low costs. USAID has recognized the kingdom among the top three destination countries in the world offering the lowest treatment cost in about 63% of their chosen medical procedures. If a heart valve replacement surgery cost about $170,000 in the US, the same procedure can cost as low as $14,440 in Jordan.
Only the low-cost factor cannot work in the long run. Jordon has realized this. Uplifting the quality of services and providing patient-centric care, medical tourism can leapfrog to a much higher level.
It will be able to attract more patients from non-traditional markets like the USA, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria and other African nations. Efforts are being directed to achieving this objective. Much of the credit undoubtedly goes to the unwavering support extended His Majesty King Abdullah.
King Hussein Medical Center – King in all respects:
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Hospitals both government and private forms the cornerstone of Jordan medical tourism. The King Hussein Medical Center in 1985 was the first in the Middle East to perform a cardiac transplant. The same hospital was also the first in the Arab region to perform the kidney transplant way back in 1973. King Hussein Cancer Center is ranked as the 6th best cancer center in the world by the World Bank.
It is also the only cancer center outside the US to be awarded the JCI Clinical Care Program certificate and first oncology hospital outside the US to earn MAGNET accreditation. This is another prestigious accreditation held by only 8% of the US hospitals and 9 international healthcare institutions in all. This is not all. The center has also fetched the title of being the “Best Medical Center in the Middle East” from Hamdan Medical Awards on January’19.
Royal Medical Services:
The military-run healthcare organization with 11 hospitals is doing a great job in dealing with conflict-related patient care. In partnership with governments and not-for-profit organizations, it is providing all care and support to treat patients and train doctors of Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Palestine.
Jordon – The first in many healthcare services in the MENA region:
Jordon is also the first in this region to perform laparoscopic surgery, liver and bone marrow transplant and successfully giving birth to the IVF baby. Infection control is taken seriously which is a growing concern in many reputed medical tourism destinations. Due to close government monitoring, infection rates from TB and HIV are minimal. Malaria and cholera have been eradicated long back.
Based on recent reports of the World Bank, Jordan not only ranks first as a medical tourism provider in the MENA region but is also among the top five in the world. It also earned IMTJ’s Medical Tourism Destination of The Year Award in 2014.
King’s support in Medical Liability law to make Jordan a ‘distinctive example’ in the MENA region:
Last year, the country passed Medical Liability law to uphold service quality and patient safety. Cases of medical malpractice or errors henceforth will be referred to a specialized jury before finally presenting to the judge. The law mandates the role of physicians to register the patients’ conditions explicitly including their medical history.
The patients should be well informed of their conditions and risks associated with the treatment or surgery. Healthcare providers are banned from getting into any act of treatment without the informed consent of patients except in specific emergency cases.
Under this law, the medicos are also prohibited from using any unlicensed or uncertified medicine or equipment or prescribing any medicine prior to the approval of clinical test results. The “holistic approach” of the law is to provide assurance to foreign medical patients beyond the Arab region. Patients will feel more confident to travel to Jordan while seeking beyond the border medical care.
Jordan is not missing out on any effort in creating a brand as a highly reliable destination. With a strong belief in their capacity and quality, the country is moving ahead confidently to be at the top of the global medical tourism.