Iraqis in Jordan Dogged by Medical Costs

Iraqi bombing victim Zahra Hamid is in Jordan for reconstructive surgery, along with her grandmother

hide captionIraqi bombing victim Zahra Hamid is in Jordan for reconstructive surgery, along with her grandmother, Sayidah.

Deborah Amos, NPR

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.

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