Dr. Fawzi Al- Hammouri, Chairman of the Private Hospitals Association) PHA) and Board Member Dr. Abdullah Al-Bashir and Dr. Ibrahim Al-Tarawneh participated in a consultative meeting which was organized by the Ministry of Health in cooperation with The World Health organization under the patronage of Prime Minister Dr. Omar Al-Razzaz titled “Practical Steps to Realizing a Comprehensive Health Insurance” on Saturday, 19/1/2019.
The Prime Minister said that Jordan has the full political will to achieve comprehensive health insurance, pointing out that His Majesty King Abdullah II has consistently directed governments to find comprehensive, fair and sustainable health insurance.
He added that the efforts exerted in this field have not been completed, stressing the importance of working to create a fair and sustainable health system to address all the health risks suffered by our Jordanian society and the need to differentiate between comprehensive health coverage and health insurance. He said the time has come to create an integrated system in the field of comprehensive health coverage.
For his part, Minister of Health Dr. Ghazi Al-Zabin said that the Global Plan for Sustainable Development 2030 has a direct health objective related to the achievement of comprehensive health coverage, including protection against financial risks, access to basic health care services and effective and low-cost medicines. He pointed out that the ministry is keen to provide all the requirements of comprehensive health coverage and access to all individuals and communities to the necessary health services without any financial difficulties.
Dr. Al- Hammouri said in a discussion session that the partnership between the public and private health sector should be evaluated and how the private sector can contribute to the implementation of comprehensive health coverage project in Jordan. He stressed the need to focus on identifying the target groups of the project, especially citizens from the informal sector.
He added that a great example of public-private partnership is the agreement signed between the Ministry of Health and private hospitals, which provided first class patients with the opportunity to receive treatment in more than 50 private hospitals. Dr. Al- Hammouri called for the inclusion of the second and third degree health believers in the agreement.