Date:August 23, 2012

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)



UNHCR, together with its other IPs, has worked with the government of Jordan to include POC into the Jordanian healthcare system rather than having a parallel healthcare system.   

Since beginning of the year, Jordan Health Aid Society (JHAS) has been encouraging POCs to utilize the public health services and the primary health services they provide.  This is done under the MoU between UNHCR and the Ministry of Health (MOH) which stipulates that any Iraqi refugee can access any public health care centre (PHCC) for only primary health care services at non-insured Jordanian rate.  Secondary and tertiary health services in Jordan are expensive, and the POCs are not financially able a cover the cost of treatment. 


The majority of Iraqis are suffering from chronic diseases, and the demand for secondary and tertiary health services recorded is remarkable.  Therefore, JHAS decided to expand its health network by signing two new official agreements with Jordan University Hospital and King Abdullah Hospital (KAUH); an academic, non-profitable hospital.  These agreements along with the MOH signed an agreement last year ensuring an affordable and reasonable price list covering the needed health services that are not available in MOH hospitals.  Moreover, under recommendations from UNHCR, JHAS signed an official agreement with World Health Organization (WHO) for the provision of secondary and tertiary health services for registered Iraqi.




The non- Iraqi POCs do not have the same access to health care services as Iraqis.  JHAS clinics paid close attention to vulnerable groups who need healthcare services, and provided primary and secondary health services according to UNHCR health guidelines.