In an effort to promote medical tourism in Jordan and to position Jordan as the destination of choice for foreign patients, the USAID Jordan Economic Development Program (SABEQ) and the Private Hospitals Association (PHA) seek to increase the number of hospitals in Jordan with Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. They believe that JCI accreditation is critical in the promotion of medical tourism as it represents a standard of patient safety and trustworthiness. The PHA says that global outsourcing of medical care is becoming a vital and viable industry and that JCI accreditation will help Jordan open the door to additional markets.
Promoting medical tourism in Jordan heavily relies on conforming to a set of international standards to ensure Jordan's positioning as an important medical services hub for both neighboring and distant patients. At present only six Jordanian hospitals have JCI accreditation. SABEQ is working with ten additional private hospitals that are working towards accreditation. SABEQ is sponsoring a targeted technical assistance program that will prepare these hospitals and others in Jordan for accreditation. USAID’s support through SABEQ for hospitals pursuing JCI accreditation focuses on activities that will lay the groundwork for success, such as conducting a gap analysis, providing technical assistance, and conducting mock accreditation surveys. Of the ten candidate hospitals, five were selected as potential JCI candidates in the short term, and thus SABEQ's efforts will focus heavily on preparing them to meet JCI standards. Professor Assaf al Assaf says,” We believe the potential for Jordan's medical sector will be greatly enhanced with adding more internationally accredited hospitals. Our goal is assist each candidate hospital in achieving a sustainable culture of exceptional quality and patient safety. With the help of Jordanian consultants and highly-skilled hospital staff and administrators, we are moving rapidly toward achieving this goal."
With the support of SABEQ, a PHA delegation went to Dubai to attend the Arab Healthcare Conference. The aim was to promote Jordan in Gulf countries as a medical tourism destination. Although Jordan's healthcare services are gaining steady recognition, Gulf countries have not been previously approached. The PHA invited two UAE health officials to visit Jordan and evaluate medical services offered by private hospitals.
The USAID Jordan Economic Development Program (SABEQ) is a five-year economic development initiative implemented by Deloitte Consulting with international and Jordanian partner firms. The mission is to support sectors and activities for a knowledge-based economy, by making Jordanian enterprises into global value chains, promoting investment, and improving the environment to generate value added jobs, exports, foreign direct investment, and sector revenues as a powerful engine of economic growth.