Jordan is a prominent destination for medical tourism in the Middle East and North Africa region, with high international standards of care and treatment and an advanced health care system in public and private institutions. The cost of treatment in Jordan is also considered reasonable and very competitive.
Home to the Dead Sea, which is the largest “natural spa” in the world, Jordan is a desired destination for skin health and wellness treatments. The salt and mineral content in the water and mud aid in healing many skin ailments like psoriasis, arthritis, vitiligo and joint disorders. There are several spa facilities and resorts that offer first-class treatments in different methods, including mud baths, massages, facials and sea soaks.
Jordan has highly skilled and multilingual doctors and health care workers, as well as hospitals equipped with the latest equipment and technologies. Among the leading institutions in the region is the King Hussein Cancer Center in the capital Amman. It specialises in cancer treatments for adults and paediatric patients.
Another leading health authority in Jordan is the Jordanian Royal Medical Services (JRMS). It operates several military specialised and general hospitals throughout the kingdom, field hospitals in remote underprivileged areas in Jordan, as well as military medical academies.
The King Hussein Medical Centre, a hospital operated by the Jordanian Royal Medical Services (JRMS), is the largest medical institution in Jordan. It treats Jordanian citizens as well as foreign patients from different countries in the Middle East and beyond. The King Hussein Medical Centre is comprised of six centres with a total capacity of 1414 beds. These centres are Al Hussein Hospital, Queen Rania Hospital for Children, Royal Rehabilitation Centre (RCC), Prince Hussein Centre for Urology and Organ Transplant (PHCUOT), Princess Iman Research and Laboratory Science Centre, and Queen Alia Heart Institute (QAHI).
The King Abdullah University Hospital (KAUH) is another prominent medical institution and teaching hospital in Jordan. It is located on the campus of the Jordan University of Science and Technology in the Governorate of Irbid, around 70km north of Amman, and mainly serves the residents of the northern governorates like Irbid, Ajloun, Jerash, Mafraq and Zarqa, as well as patients from neighbouring and other countries.
In addition to public hospitals, Jordan has a large network of private hospitals which provide a wide array of medical services while utilising modern facilities and state-of -the-art technologies.
Jordan has its own health care accreditation council, which is accredited by The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), ensuring that health care and patient safety in the country meet international standards.
Infection Control in Jordan is strong and well-monitored by the Government. For TB and HIV, for example, they are the lowest in the region and the world. Some diseases, such as Malaria and Cholera, have not existed in Jordan since the 1980s.
Jordan’s pharmaceutical industry began in the 1960s. Since then, it has expanded rapidly to become a regional leader in pharmaceutical production.
In the 1970s, Jordan’s medical services have had remarkable achievements. Jordan was the first country in the Middle East to perform an open-heart surgery, laparoscopic surgery, heart transplant, kidney and liver transplant, and bone marrow transplant. Moreover, the first In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) baby born in the Middle East was born in Jordan.
To facilitate easy access for patients wanting to travel to Jordan for treatments, patients and family members can download the MedXJordan app, a cloud-based portal that helps facilitate the journey. Among many features and options, the portal includes a large number of accredited health facilities and health experts, prices of procedures and tests, and health insurance options. The portal also has extensive travel information including visa requirements, and the option of booking hotels and return flights through Royal Jordanian Airlines.