Jordan is famous for The Dead Sea with its healing powers. The country promotes the Dead Sea as both a medical destination and a leisure destination. What makes the Dead Sea unique is that it is the largest natural spa on earth. It is known for the medical properties of its waters and mud and the curative powers of its salty water. The high concentration level of oxygen in the Dead Sea area makes it an ideal cure for patients with asthma or chest problems] Dead Sea products are known worldwide and are used for beauty and cosmetics. Close by is Main Hot Springs, is known for its thermal powers. King Herod and Queen Cleopatra discovered the secrets of the Dead Sea and the Main Hot Springs centuries ago.
Jordan has a large number of Germans who come to Jordan for for treatment, often lasting between 4 to 6 weeks. Some insurance companies in Germany and Austria send their clients to Jordan for treatment at the Dead Sea, as they find it more reasonably priced and more effective than chemical treatments that might have some side effects. Jordan has a lot to offer in terms of special prices and packages.
The Jordan Investment Board says that there is a particular interest from international investors in the development of hotels in Aqaba and the Dead Sea, with a lower interest in projects in Amman and Petra. The Jordanian government has a commitment to privatization in the health industry, paving the way for additional modernization and development in the industry. Growing joint venture partnerships between the public and private sectors are a major stimulant to new investment in healthcare services and infrastructure. The organistion also has an investment map listing potential projects that welcome partners. In health care that list includes a specialist childrens hospital, a cardiac surgery hospital, a surgical transplant centre, and a cosmetic eye surgery clinic.
There is a growing demand for medical care due to the young and growing population, incoming immigrants seeking Jordan's comparatively higher standard of living, and medical tourism. The national economy is receiving massive injections in developmental capacity and revenue due to the medical tourism sector. The growth in the sector is due to the correct publicly held perception of Jordan as a supplier of high quality healthcare services at competitive prices.
Jordan is increasingly becoming a more popular destination for medical tourists with several medium to large hospitals encouraging business. Hospitals in Jordan are conduct complicated and expensive surgeries at a low cost compared to more developed countries with similar success rates and customer satisfaction ratings.
The Jordanian government commitment to reform of the health sector aims to improve healthcare services and assurance of facility use, health delivery systems, and health information systems. The target for 2010 is 140,000 medical tourists.