Thursday, December 17, 2009

I Love Jordan-Happy Endings

Once upon a time there was a Jordanian mother, she had a son that she loved more than life, but she was always worried about him, it took him years to start speaking, and he never learned to speak properly, she tried and tried but nothing worked, she had to do his home works for him and write his essays for him, and he was barely able to read it at school.

The mother kept helping her son, studying with him day and night, doing his home works and projects for him she even had to go to school and beg his teachers and bring them expensive gifts to let him pass …

That is how he finished school and university, the poor mother was so happy he finished school but she was still worried because she knew he is not qualified enough for work, he still can’t read well!!! Another thing worried her even more; that is his bad habits and bad friends, more than once he and his friends were caught by the police because of stealing, and more often he wasn’t caught, but she knew he was stealing, she used to find expensive things with him, and lots of money!!

She was miserable, every kid has a talent but her’s !! His only talent was stealing!! She thought maybe if he starts working he will stop stealing and become a better man, so through some good positioned relatives she was able to get him a job in a very good company, she was sooo happy and wishful, and she prayed and prayed that the new job will change him.

To her surprise, he was doing great at his job, getting a promotion after a promotion till he became the CEO of the company, he even started doing investments in other companies and real-estate, but unfortunately the company bankrupted and got closed, the investigation proved that he has nothing to do with it and the reason is some corrupted mid-level managers.

Soon after that he became the CEO of another even bigger company, he made millions, but it also collapsed, again it has nothing to do with him, it is just his bad luck!

His mom never lost hope she was sure god will answer her prayers, she continued to pray for him to become a successful and honorable man, -and here comes the happy ending- god answered the poor mommy’s prayers, her beloved son was appointed a minister in the Jordanian council of ministers :)

Monday, August 31, 2009

I Love Jordan-Health Care

My love for Jordan is unconditional; it is like the way you love your family, you don’t choose your family but you still love them no matter who they are …

Unfortunately as I get older, I discover things about my beloved country that I don’t like, as a grown up you start worrying about more serious stuff , like your future and the future of your kids, and honesty I am super scared about health care.

There is an obvious problem with Labor Law and the Private Health Insurance System, per labor law the employer is obligated to pay for health insurance, which is a wonderful thing! But the problem is it doesn’t insure that employees will get appropriate health care!!!


Because insurance companies can refuse many medicines, or laboratory test for no good reason, like “this medication is not covered because of taxation issues!!!” Or” this laboratory test is not covered because it is not directly related to your medical case!!”

At the end of the day I don’t have enough medical knowledge to know if I truly need the medicine/test or not and of course I can’t trust my health insurance company because I know they have “business reason” to refuse my medication, on the other hand I can’t trust my doctor!!! coz he has a “business reason“ as well to sell medical products, and get his “reward” from medicine companies

That is not the worst part of the system, the worst part is that it is almost impossible for anyone to stay with the same health insurance company, because when you change your job you automatically have to change your health insurance to your new employer’s one, or your employer can simply at any time -without any notification- change your health insurance company or contract, what does that mean?? It means that you have to admit any disease or health issue you have to your new health insurance provider and it will not be covered (although it was previously covered), the funniest part is that when you retire you automatically lose your health insurance, that already doesn’t cover most of your diseases, and you have to apply for a new one again!

I wonder who created this system? And what is it that they lack to be able to understand that it simply doesn’t serve the purpose of insuring that people get proper health care? Don’t they care about Jordan?? Don’t they care about the people?

It doesn’t need a genius to figure out that there is a problem in the system!!! Ok then obviously someone responsible knows there is a problem and doesn’t care! Is it that he doesn’t care? Or maybe he cares for something else? let’s admit it health insurance within the current system is very profitable; law enforces private companies to pay for health insurance and health insurance companies cuts most of their costs by refusing test, medicines, cases and not covering previous diseases

It makes me also wonder, is it possible for a private health system to provide good health care? And is it possible in any way for a private health care system not be corrupted?? Will doctors in Jordan be happy if people are healthy? the business model targets for health care provides are having more people sick and selling more medicine while the targets of health insurance companies are to get more contracts but less people severed !!!

Enough! I got sick from all this!