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Stakeholders upbeat over forming national panel for medical tourism

24 Feb 2018

Forming a national committee to draft a strategy for health tourism will contribute to improve the situation of the sector and address the challenges it faces, stakeholders said.

On Saturday, Health Minister Mahmoud Sheyyab decided to form the committee that comprises representatives of all relevant bodies to create a strategy for the sector, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.    

The Private Hospitals Associations (PHA) President Fawzi Hammouri said that the association has been “the only body” handling all processes related to the sector including promotion and organisation with no support from other parties.

“We have called for a national collective effort to enhance Jordan’s competitiveness, promotion and marketing”, Hammouri told The Jordan Times on Saturday.

The government, represented by the Health Ministry, has responded to the demand and formed the panel, he added, expressing satisfaction with its line-up as it “represents all stakeholders”.

“There is a fierce competition in the region and some countries are working on attracting patients such as Turkey, India, the UAE, Tunisia and Lebanon, the sector leader noted.  

The committee, headed by the Higher Health Council President Mohammad Tarawneh, comprises Hammouri and representatives from the Tourism Ministry, Jordan Tourism Board, the army-affiliated Royal Medical Services, Jordan Hotel Association (JHA), Jordan Restaurants Association (JRA), Jordan Dental Association, Jordanian Pharmacists Association and Jordan Nurses and Midwives Association.

Hammouri praised the recent government’s approval of PHA’s recommendations on redistricted nationalities. 

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