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Shaping the Jordanian Healthcare Systems

Jordan is bordered by Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Israel. According to the Jordanian constitution, Islam is the state religion; however, the constitution also provides for freedom of religion, on condition that religious practices are consistent with "public order and morality." These conditions of relative religious tolerance and political and economic stability, have made Jordan a haven for refugees from other countries.

Please discuss the impact political instability and conflict in neighboring states has in shaping the Jordanian healthcare system. Consider in your answer the financial and epidemiological implications of the population influx.

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Within the Middle East, Jordan is actually renowned for its high quality healthcare. For example, Abbadi, Abdallah and Holliman state, "the kingdom of Jordan is well known in the Middle East for the high-quality healthcare it provides its citizens and other patients from throughout the region" (1997). Healthcare is heavily subsidized by the government, but does require patients to pay for some of their treatment.

Obviously, the conflict in neighbouring states has resulted in a population influx in the form of refugees fleeing to Jordan. This creates a financial burden on the Jordan healthcare system as it is suddenly expected to provide healthcare to large masses of new people. As of 2008, there were 800 000 Iraqi refugees in Jordan, after which Jordan closed its borders, saying that it had met its maximum capacity (It should be noted that there are 1.2 million Iraqi refugees in Syria, so Jordan is not the only country being affected. As well, Jordan is not taking the largest discrete amount of refugees, but is taking the highest amount relative to its own population). The United Nations' (UN) standard on healthcare ...

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How the Jordanian healthcare systems are shaping are determined.