PHA chairman highlights investment opportunities in Jordan's health sector

[22-08-2022 11:09 AM]

Ammon News - Chairman of the Private Hospitals Association (PHA), Fawzi Hammouri, highlighted investment opportunities in Jordan's health sector, as the Kingdom enjoys an "advanced" position at the global and regional levels, noting that the industry has recovered by about 70%, compared to pre-pandemic situation.

According to a PHA statement on Sunday, Hammouri told participants in Jordanian-Algerian Investment Forum that investment in Jordan's health sector enjoys "full government exemptions, according to the new investment bill and current law in force."

60% of Jordanian hospitals are private, with an investment volume exceeding JD4 billion and employ more than 35,000 direct employees and 60,000 indirect workers working in the support sectors, he pointed out.

Prior to Covid-19 pandemic, he noted the Kingdom used to receiving more than 250,000 patients annually, but the health sector was negatively affected during and after the crisis due to travel restrictions imposed by some countries.

Number of Jordan's private, government and military hospitals stands at 71, 33, 15, respectively, in addition to two university hospitals, he said.

Jordan, he said, has gained a good reputation in the field of primary health care, as the Ministry of Health has contributed to eliminating communicable diseases due to vaccinating Jordanians and non-Jordanians, thus reaching the lowest rate of contagious diseases in the world, he said.

Hammouri also stressed the necessity of reviving Jordan-Algeria cooperation agreement, which was signed in 2015, which enables Algerian patients to receive treatment at the expense of Algerian social security system, with a short treatment period and low cost.

In addition, he stressed the need for twinning Jordanian and Algerian hospitals, by training medical staff and exchanging health expertise.

He also called on the Algerian side to take part in the world's largest medical tourism, EMT Global Conference on Medical Tourism, which is organized by the PHA under the King's patronage in November 19.

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