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Iraqis in Jordan Dogged by Medical Costs

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Iraqis in Jordan Dogged by Medical Costs

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Iraqis in Jordan Dogged by Medical Costs

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Iraqi bombing victim Zahra Hamid is in Jordan for reconstructive surgery, along with her grandmother, Sayidah. Deborah Amos, NPR hide caption

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Violence in Iraq has brought the health care system there close to a collapse, according to aid agencies. Neighboring Jordan is one of the few places Iraqis can get advanced medical treatment. But the system there is expensive — and pay-as-you-go.

In Amman, many Iraqi exiles say the Iraqi government could do much more to cover expenses.

The Iraqi government has pledged $25 million to help support Iraqis forced to flee the country. But so far, that money has not been dispersed.