Jordan Health

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Chapter | Health from The Report: Jordan 2014

Jordan’s health care spending as a proportion of GDP was 9.8% in 2012, a high figure by regional standards. Just over 40% of the population has health coverage from the Civil Health Insurance Programme, while 27% have military-provided insurance. Currently, private health coverage stands at 9% but the sector is witnessing a wave of expansion driven by the need for additional capacity....

In 2014 Jordan’s population reached 6.64m, as regional turbulence saw an influx of refugees from neighbouring countries. Jordan, however, remains stable as it pushes ahead with the political reforms announced in 2011. The economy continues to revive following the global economic downturn, while government commitments to tackle structural issues in the economy bode well for future growth.

Much discussion of Jordan’s economic potential focuses on the mining and processing of minerals, but knowledge sectors like pharmaceuticals may offer a more effective tonic for the economy.

The World Bank ranks Jordan as one of the most advanced health care systems in the MENA region. According to the most recent World Bank data, Jordanian life expectancy at birth was over 73 years in 2010, compared to a regional average of 70 years. Also, the infant mortality rate in 2011 was 18 per 1000 live births, compared to an average of 35 in...

Technology-driven medical care is a promising area for growth in the kingdom, with both government and private medical facilities taking steps to implement information and communications technology (ICT) health tools, and technology companies working to develop more advanced services and products. As well as ben-efitting the general population, a...

The past several years have seen significant changes in Jordan. The state is pushing ahead with structural reforms that should provide a sound base for future development, as the economy shows signs of a brisk recovery from the difficult years it has faced in the wake of the global financial crisis. 

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