Germany has for many years been a destination of choice for Arabs
seeking high quality healthcare. It’s a significant form of revenue for
the country. In total, medical tourism to Germany brings in around
US$1.35 billion annually. Hospitals in the country are aware of this lucrative
source of revenue and many have developed specially designed
services to cater for foreigners and Arabs in particular. In our focus on
Germany, we look at Arab medical tourism to the country and how
some hospitals have adapted to facilitate this form of ‘tourism’.
In our focus on Jordan we look at the refugee crisis which is placing
enormous strain on the country’s resources – in particular it’s
healthcare system. As Syrian refugees continue to seek refuge in the
country, the situation is deteriorating and there is an urgent need for
funding to sustain many of the NGOs who are working tirelessly to
help relieve their desperate plight. Read the report on page 36.
There have been two promising healthcare developments that
have made global news recently. One is the development and positive
results from a rapid trial of a vaccine for Ebola, which now looks
set to provide immunity against the devastating disease. And the
other is the development of a vaccine for malaria, the first to be
given a nod of approval by European regulators. Read about these
developments on page 22 and 24 respectively.
There is more interesting news and reviews in this issue.