JORDAN: USAID conducted two JCI workshops

International Medical Travel Journal | 2009-01-11

The USAID Jordan Economic Development Program SABEQ, a five-year development initiative aiming to build the private sector in Jordan, recently conducted two workshops on Joint Commission International (JCI) standards for hospitals. The workshops were held in cooperation with the Private Hospitals Association (PHA).

The first workshop provided a JCI overview, targeted at an audience from the Royal Scientific Society, University of Jordan Hospital and others. It detailed JCI standards and conducted a general discussion of the process of preparing for an international accreditation.

The longer second workshop targeted Jordan’s private hospitals, enabling private hospital representatives to discuss actual JCI accreditation standards and how they can be applied in Jordan. Discussions covered each chapter of the JCI accreditation manual separately. Methods towards hospitals’ compliance with JCI standardisations were also freely discussed in interactive sessions between presenter and audience.

USAID’s Economic Development Program SABEQ involvement aims to enhance productivity and revenues by achieving international hospital standards and creating jobs for Jordanians.

The medical services sector in Jordan is an important and vibrant sector. Medical tourism derives upon the Kingdom’s reputable performance in health services and the latest PHA estimates say that foreign patients generating around $650 to $700 million in revenue to more than 120,000 incoming patients per year. This figure is much less than estimates made in 2008 of 250,000 foreign patients; the lower figure does not mean less people coming to Jordan, but by taking

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