Investment in Jordan’s Health Sector and Future Financial Requirements

  •  Basem M. Hamouri    


The primary objective of this paper is to analyze the impact of demographic changes on future financial requirements and demand for health care services in Jordan. The study anticipates the number of medical personnel and hospital beds required in each governorate until the year 2020 under different sets of population projections. However, the study shows the total expenditure on health services in 1994 and the projected values until the year 2020 using constant and declining fertility rates. Meanwhile, the financial requirements as a percentage of the GDP have been undertaken in this study.

In view of the problem identified, this study recommends that a larger proportion of the GDP and government revenues should be channeled into the health sector. In addition to that, the introduction of highly effective health measures should be accompanied by effective population control programs to sustain the gains from the improvement of health services.

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