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Healthcare and Medical Treatment

Jordan - Healthcare and Medical Treatment

Healthcare and treatment in Jordan is generally good and there is an extremely high level of medical care. All doctors are proficient in English; many of them will have trained in parts of Europe and North America. Pharmacies do offer most medicines over the counter, however, some medicines like Valium and anagelsics like Codeine will require a prescription. Antibiotics are very readily available and are also reasonably priced.

Any medical treatment, in cases of emergency but not needing hospitalization is free of charge. It is generally not recommended to be hospitalized in a public hospital if you have any choice in the matter, as the levels of comfort and privacy are not on a par with those in the west, even though the actual medical care is irreproachable.

Inoculations are not required for entry into Jordan, except if you are travelling from an infected location. You will have to show a certificate of inoculation if you are travelling form a country where diseases such as cholera and yellow fever are prevalent. It is not a bad idea to have preventative shots for polio, tetanus, and typhoid as a precaution even if it is not compulsory.

Health facilities in Jordan are amongst the best in the Middle East, this has come about as a result of the Kingdom's stability and to a range of effective development plans and projects which include health as a major concern. A healthier Jordanian citizenry has been able to emerge due to the combination of the struggle against poverty and illiteracy, the development of better sanitation, clean water and adequate nutrition and housing.

The main objective of Jordan's health strategy has been to provide adequate health coverage to all. In order to meet their goal, the government has developed a health strategy aimed at the development of a comprehensive health care system by including the services of the private sector, to ensure preventative, tertiary and rehabilitative care. To best accomplish this, government policy has been able to encourage private sector improvements in local areas for those able to afford higher costs, while concentrating public sector facilities in more deprived areas which are in real need of assistance.

An example of the link between health and education in Jordan is prevalent in the area of medical personnel. Jordan boasts a high number of doctors and nurses and this concentration has led to obvious improvements in the quality and availability of health care.

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