Gov’t Suspends Treatment of 1,400 at Hussein Centre

تم نشره في Thu 15 February / Feb 2018. 01:00 AM
  • The Ministry of Health - (Archives)

AMMAN —AlGhad— The government’s decision to terminate the free health insurance programme for citizens over the age of 40 has resulted in the suspension of cancer treatment for some 1,400 patients at the Hussein Cancer Centre, despite their renewal of the medical exemptions.

Patients and activists have protested the decision at the Ministry of Health and respective offices, demanding their treatment be resumed at the Centre.

Instead, they were transferred to a number of public hospitals, patients and officials have confirmed.

However, when the Minister of Health was contacted on the matter, Dr Mahmoud Shayab did not comment. Nor has Director of the Health Insurance Department, Dr Ilham Khureisat.

Notably, the overall costs of treating cancer patients in 2016, at the Cancer Centre, stands at nearly JOD100 million, according to official figures.

Meanwhile, the government’s decision to cut health insurance allocation is thought to have come at the expense of patients and their medical exemptions.