Jordan is ranked 7 among 22 MENA countries, and has very good rankings in life expectancy, good doctor density and hospital quality. Negative points are linked to diet and lifestyles, as malnutrition and overweight are serious problems in Jordan. Child mortality is also fairly high, at 22 per 1000, despite the good doctor denisty.
Jordan has both public and private institutions. Public sectors (governmental and military) provides 64% of hospital beds. Services are not free, but individuals have their costs covered by medical insurance. In 2007, 70% were protected by this, but ambitious programs aim at bringing it to 100% by 2011.
Quality of health services varies, but at its best, Jordan has some of the finest treatment facilities in the Middle East. Increasingly the hospitals offer specialized treatment, and the only dedicated cancer treatment centre of the region is in Amman.
At the present, the best hospitals of Jordan attract also foreign patients, mainly from other Middle Eastern countries.
A main issue the concentration of services in Amman, but basic functions are available to fairly good quality, all across the country. As of 2007, practically all Jordanians have access to local health services, and practically all births are attended by skilled health personnel.
Health conditions and diseases
Malaria is reportedly exterminated since 2001. Tuberculosis remains a health problem, but now affecting only half as many as in the early 1990's.
Childhood immunization now reaches more than 95% of children under the age of 5.
Figures of 2006 from WHO show that 98% have good access to clean water, 85% access to good sanitation. Access to good sanitation is only 71% in the countryside, compared to 88% for towns.