File - Health Minister Wael Abu Faour speaks during an interview in Beirut, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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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.This is the first time in Lebanon's history that unionized artists have been granted state-sponsored health care.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.Another artist took the podium to thank Abu Faour's "historical initiative," saying the minister was the star of 2014 .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 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.
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