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University of Maryland

Publication Date

Spring 2015

Program Name

Jordan: Health and Community Development


On November 20, 2014, the Jordanian government rescinded the free health care it had provided to Syrian refugees living in the host community. Now, Syrians must pay the same amount as uninsured Jordanians when seeking health care in facilities run by the Jordanian Ministry of Health. Identified as a vulnerable and disadvantaged population, most of the Syrian community is not financially secure and has difficulty meeting the cost of living in Jordan. This study surveyed 36 Syrian women and interviewed 2 of them in order to determine the effects this policy has had on their maternal and reproductive health seeking behavior. It hypothesized that the new health care policy will increase the cost of living for Syrian refugees in the host community and therefore cause them to seek health care for maternal and reproductive health care services less frequently. The results showed that there was a decrease in the number of visits these women made for maternal and reproductive health services after the policy change due to financial stress, although the results are statistically insignificant.


Health and Medical Administration | Maternal and Child Health | Medicine and Health Sciences | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion | Women's Health


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