Health coverage for artists
Full hospitalization by MOPH
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The Ministry of Public Health announced that all artists who are members in an artistic syndicate will earn full health coverage by the Ministry.

Coverage will be provided to all members in eight artistic syndicates including: Syndicate of Cinema, Theater, Radio and Television Actors, Syndicate of Musicians, Syndicate of Cinema Artists, Syndicate of Zajal Poets, Syndicate of Painters, Syndicate of Professional Artists, Syndicate of Calligraphic and Visual Arts, and Syndicate of Cinema and Theater Actors in the North.

Saad Saab, President of the Syndicate of Musicians, said: “This is a good initiative from Minister Wael Abou Faour, as artists, especially the elderly, are suffering from issue.”

The Ministry will amend the contracts signed with hospitals. Artists will receive 100 percent coverage for hospitalization instead of the previous 85 percent. The Ministry signed contracts with 90 percent of the hospitals.
The government fund that aids artists will issue membership cards to every syndicate member who applies.

Saab said that the fund will fill the gap and provide artists with other services, such as providing them with medicines. Artists usually pay subscription fees to their relative syndicates.
Reported by Rania Ghanem
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Date Posted: Dec 17, 2014