The Karak Hospital was established in 1996 (though it did exist from 1956, located at another site) and is some 145 kilometres south of Amman, the Jordanian capital. Karak Hospital is located close to Petra and is a small hospital with a capacity for about 110 inpatients. The new hospital building is the result of a collaboration between the Italian and Jordanian governments.
The hospital has been expanded to include more up to date and state of the art facilities to help improve the services offered to local people, which includes the relocation of outpatient services from the original site of the hospital (some seven kilometres from the new site) to a building adjacent to the current hospital building. The hospital is located in the capital of the Karak Governorate, which is a famous Crusader town and home to one of the three largest Crusader castles in the region.
The hospital was part of a pilot scheme run by the Jordanian government to decrease healthcare costs through the decentralisation of hospital governance. The report for the pilot programme, which concluded in June 2002, can be read here (you will need a PDF reader).
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