Jordan: Modern Medical Services in the Cradle of Civilization
Steeped in history, Jordan is one of the most liberal countries in the Middle East, and welcomes visitors from all over the globe. Jordan’s rich history is on display everywhere you look and contrasts beautifully with the country’s advanced medical system with its state-of-the-art facilities and international-standard staff.
Why choose Jordan for travel and treatment?
Jordan’s government and private sector work together to offer medical tourists the best in international treatment. Surgical costs are a fraction of what you would pay in the West, and medical tourists are welcomed at the Ministry of Health counter at Amman’s international airport. Staff there assist with immigration formalities and free transfers to Amman hospitals.
Medical Facilities in Jordan
The Jordanian medical system is the leader in medical and surgical services in the Middle East. Investment in the health sector has seen Jordan’s hospitals equipped with the latest equipment and technology, and its English-speaking staff benefit from extensive local and international training.
Jordan's Hospitals and International Standards of Care
There are dozens of internationally accredited hospitals in Jordan offering services for medical tourists. In 2009, the World Bank rated Jordan the number one medical tourism destination in the region and one of the top five in the world. Many of the country’s top doctors and surgeons have undertaken training overseas, are American board or UK fellowship-certified, and their expertise is of top international standards.
Jordan has long been a popular choice for medical tourists from the Middle East, but as the country’s reputation for high-quality and reasonably-priced surgical procedures spreads, the number of visitors from further afield is growing significantly. In 2008, more than 250,000 international patients visited Jordanian hospitals. The majority of those were medical tourists and the numbers continue to rise.
Among the most popular procedures for medical tourists in Jordan are orthopedic, neurological and cardio-vascular surgeries as well as organ transplants, dental work and weight-loss procedures. Costs for these treatments can be as little as 10 – 30% of the cost for the same procedures in the United Kingdom or USA.
Convalescence in Jordan
A fantastic array of convalescent choices is available for recovery from medical treatment in Jordan. There is history, top-class spas, beautiful beaches and more on offer. English is widely spoken throughout the country and the climate for most of the year is dry and comfortable. The great weather makes taking advantage of the stunning historical sites, the beaches in the resort of Aqaba and the Dead Sea that much more enjoyable.
Take the time after your procedure to explore one of the New Seven Wonders of the World at Petra. While Petra is the jewel in Jordan’s historical crown, there are endless Roman ruins and highly significant biblical sites to be explored.
The many medical and recuperative spas along the Dead Sea offer the perfect location for post-procedure recovery in Jordan. Enjoy the therapeutic properties of the famous salt lake and take advantage of the area’s international-standard tourist infrastructure. Jordan’s Medical Tourism Corporation works directly with many spas and resorts to facilitate post-procedure nursing care.
And while you’re recovering, take advantage of the fantastically flavorful and healthy Jordanian food. Jordanian food makes great use of fresh and dried fruits and vegetables, fresh dairy produce and grilled meats.
Jordan Travel Information
Visiting Jordan is easy. Direct flights are available from most major European cities and visitors from most countries do not require visas to enter the country, or can get a three-month visa on arrival.
As a forward-looking nation, Jordan’s currency services are extensive with ATMs available throughout; major credit cards are accepted in most places and authorized money changers are readily available. The local currency is the dinar but US dollars, UK pounds and Euros are happily accepted in many locations. English is Jordan’s unofficial second language and most of the country’s banking service signage is in English as well as Arabic. It is also worth noting that Jordan's electrical voltage is 220 volts.
For post-procedure recovery in Jordan, be aware that the winter months of January and February can be very cold while the summer months from June to August can be scorching.
Jordan Quick Facts
Arabic (official), English widely understood
||Jordanian dinar (JOD)
||Queen Alia International Airport
|| 220 volts 50 Hz