Lebanese state will provide free medical coverage for all artists.

Jo

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Master Penguin
A bit late for Amalia Abi Saleh but hope it wont be late for others.

Abu Faour praised for announcing state health care for artists

BEIRUT: Surrounded by a cheering crowd of artists, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour announced Wednesday that all members of Lebanon’s artist unions would be provided with free medical coverage at any private or public hospital.

“The ministry will be responsible for paying all the hospitalization bills for all members of artist unions,” Abu Faour said before reading off the list of the unions which would benefit from the new ministerial decision. This is the first time in Lebanon’s history that unionized artists have been granted state-sponsored health care.

The artists will be provided a card that states their right for health coverage which will get them admitted to any hospital in the country, he said.

“There is a debt on us as a state to provide them with the minimum amount of care,” the health minister said after he hailed Lebanon’s artists and apologized to them on behalf of the government.

“We have said goodbye to [poet] Said Akl and [singer] Sabah and many other artists before them, who had all stood by Lebanon and the Lebanese, while we did not stand by them in the hard times,” he said. “We apologize to all those who passed away lonely, poor or with a broken heart ... to all artists that we only remembered after their death.”

While those with familial ties to those in power have long been able to use influence to obtain health insurance, Abu Faour said that he was working toward health coverage for all Lebanese citizens.

“Our goal is to provide the health card to every Lebanese citizen, in order to break the relationship of favoritism between individuals and the state,” he said. “Until then, no creative Lebanese person should have to stand at the door of an official or politician just to enter a hospital.”

The famous Lebanese comedian and actor Salah Tizani, known as “Abu Salim” interrupted Abu Faour to ask when the new policy would go into effect. “We have someone who needs an operation tomorrow,” he said, starting a round of laughter among his fellows.

Another artist took the podium to thank Abu Faour’s “historical initiative,” saying the minister was the star of 2014.

“We have been waiting for such superstardom for the last 30 years,” the artist said. “You have restored some, if not a lot, of the Lebanese artists’ lost dignity.”

While Abu Faour said his move was “not at all an achievement,” spokespeople for the singers, actors, poets, film directors, musicians and painters, who had long been waiting such a decision, praised the minister as a hero and saluted his bravery.

“The minister did what no minister or president in Lebanon’s history had ever dared to do,” Lebanese singer Ragheb Alameh said after Abu Faour’s announcement. “The health minister is a light in our dark reality.” Alameh went so far as to recommend that Abu Faour be elected president, a position which he said should be reserved for the most meritorious candidate.

Abu Faour’s move was also answered by a wave of appreciation on social media, both by his admirers as well as by Lebanon’s singers and celebrities.

Singer Walid Tawfiq, who was also at the news conference, posted a thank you message on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, while singer Zein al-Omor addressed the minister on Twitter saying: “We are all with you, may God protect you” and “we would bend before you in respect.”

Abu Faour stressed that a nation could not be respected if it did not respect its talents, and warned any hospital against defying the new decision by preventing an artist from using the new card to receive full coverage.

The news was not the sole reason behind the unprecedented praise that Abu Faour received. The minister had already occupied headlines and gained popularity since last month when he launched a successful nationwide crackdown on violators of food safety standards.

As for Wednesday’s announcement, it came just weeks after Lebanon lost the most important poet of its modern history, Said Akl, and legendary singer and diva Sabah.

Dying at a rented hotel room and with little means to sustain her livelihood, the latter turned the spotlight again to the lack of care that Lebanese artists suffer from.

Actresses Amalia Abi Saleh and Alia Nemri were only some of the other artists who passed away during the previous years after suffering with harsh socioeconomic conditions without receiving a help from the state.

The minister said his act was both “a kiss of apology” to the deceased and a promise to all artists who still have years to live.

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Hameed

Well-Known Member
why now abou fa3our ?!

besides did he and his party ( because he keeps mentioning his party ) wait for the best to die so they can issue this health care, for whom ?! Haifa or Nancy or Miryam Fares or other cheap low level artists ?!
don't worry the Gulf is supporting their healthcare
 

Amirkani

Legendary Member
Orange Room Supporter
May I ask why should artists get free medical care when the poor common citizen does not get any medical care or insurance?

Artists make tons more money and have many more friends/fans/politicians/wealthy people to help them in case of need... the poor doesn't. Plus they should be able to afford to buy medical insurance with all the money they make instead of living like there is no tomorrow...

Bad move... just shows a sick Lebanese mentality that is totally biased in favor of the powerful, famous and rich.


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Muwatin Libnani

Well-Known Member
What defines an "artist" in Lebanon and what criteria is used for him or her to be eligible to join the syndicate?

Many legendary names put Lebanon on the artistic map but restaurants nowadays could at one time have more "artists" performing between band members and singers than customers eating. I'd hate to pay for dinner while some of those off-key singers enjoy free healthcare!
 

Dalzi

Legendary Member
Artist as in acting singing and dancing only or are other artists like musicians, poets and painetrs (for example) included?
 

Dalzi

Legendary Member
How about scam artists?
Any plans? :biggrin:

3/4 of them are scam anyway. It's understandable that the country gives back to those who gave (like Fairouz and Sabah for example), so there's gotta be some standards otherwise we're going to hear more and more lousy lyrics and annoying voices.
 

Abou Sandal

Legendary Member
Orange Room Supporter
And yet another violation of the constitution and law, intended to serve just as a media stunt, while dealing at the same time, with a now obvious pathological state of narcissism and acute need for attention and praise. That should be another of the "bright" ideas inspired by Nidal A7madiyeh.

PS: Can someone tell this moron of a minister that Said Akl is not an artist?
 

Dalzi

Legendary Member
And yet another violation of the constitution and law, intended to serve just as a media stunt, while dealing at the same time, with a now obvious pathological state of narcissism and acute need for attention and praise. That should be another of the "bright" ideas inspired by Nidal A7madiyeh.

PS: Can someone tell this moron of a minister that Said Akl is not an artist?
No one told you to become a lawyer. law 'fennen' zabtet ma3ak. Anyway you got a good package (bala ma3na). You can start a reality show: Keeping up with the Sandals (The Lebanese Kardashian clan).
 

Zilzel

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Orange Room Supporter
And yet another violation of the constitution and law, intended to serve just as a media stunt, while dealing at the same time, with a now obvious pathological state of narcissism and acute need for attention and praise. That should be another of the "bright" ideas inspired by Nidal A7madiyeh.

PS: Can someone tell this moron of a minister that Said Akl is not an artist?

Poetry is a major form of literary art.

So, yes, in a way he was an artist, but not only an artist.
 

Abou Sandal

Legendary Member
Orange Room Supporter
Poetry is a major form of literary art.

So, yes, in a way he was an artist, but not only an artist.

I view poetry as a form of literature not a form of art.

People tend to put arts in everything. From this perspective, a piece of literature becomes a piece of art. But this is only a figure of speech. Doesn't put Shakespeare in the rank of artists. He is still a writer. Same for poets.

I can also extrapolate and claim that Shumakher's skills in driving, go beyond the skills of a professional pilot, and have a pure artistic dimension, Many would swear that Shumakher is an artist you know...Likewise, some would argue that some chef's meals are artistic creations. That some lawyers' pleadings are pure art in interpretation and presentation and defense, ect...ect...In a way, we can consider every form of expression and creation an art, so anyone and everyone becomes an artist, one way or another. Should we all call ourselves artists?
 

Abou Sandal

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Orange Room Supporter
No one told you to become a lawyer. law 'fennen' zabtet ma3ak. Anyway you got a good package (bala ma3na). You can start a reality show: Keeping up with the Sandals (The Lebanese Kardashian clan).

And who told you that I didn't think of it?...lol
Now I'm thinking of reorienting their education. My uncle (Who also has 4 girls), is unequivocal about the matter. You should do what I should have done before you and missed doing he says, open a bar!...lol
 

Abou Sandal

Legendary Member
Orange Room Supporter
what makes an artist different from other Lebanese citizens? shu Hal akel el hawa...

Abou Faour is dreaming of a World where Nancy, Haifa and the others would daily go on TV and praise him. In that sense, they surely become first class citizens.
 
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