They may not be real doctors, but they are darn good at playing them on TV. However, thanks to a new campaign with Cigna (NYSE:CI), actors Alan Alda, Patrick Dempsey, Lisa Edelstein, Noah Wyle and Donald Faison, are taking their non-official medical training out of the studio and onto Main Street. The end goal for this team of pseudo doctors: saving 100,000 lives.
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âSome people donât want to hear it necessarily from their doctor that they need to come in and if it takes Patrick Dempsey with his dreamy blue eyes to go to the doctor then so be itâ jokes Donald Faison in an interview with FOXBusiness.com.
Faison is best known as Turk, on the NBC medical-comedy, âScrubsâ (2001-2010).
âKnow your core key numbers; cholesterol, Body Mass Index [BMI] also know your blood sugar, and also know your blood pressure. Start there and move forward from there tooâ says Faison.
The CDC reports that Americans use preventative services at only about half the recommended rate.
According to a recent Census Bureau survey, in 2015, over 90.9% of Americans are medically insured (this included employer and exchange participants). Despite the record number of people being covered, many struggle to understand exactly how and what they are covered for.
Only 55% of people know they should go for an annual checkup and only 45% of people know that annual check-ups, minus the nominal co-pay, cost practically nothing for people who carry insurance, Cigna reports.
According to a 2013 AIR Health Insurance Literacy Survey, only one out of five people could accurately calculate their out of pocket costs.
By going to the doctor and being aware of your health, you can save money too.
âAs an actor who plays a doctor Iâve never had the opportunity to actually save someoneâs life and through Cigna I am having that opportunityâ
If you have a BMI of more than 30, you have the potential to increase your health care cost by an average of $2,500 or $500 out of pocket expenses annually. Donât know your cholesterol? A reading of more than 240 breaks down to about an extra $350 a year of out of pocket costs, Cigna reports.
âAs an actor who plays a doctor Iâve never had the opportunity to actually save someoneâs life and through Cigna I am having that opportunityâ adds Faison.
Be sure to check out Donald Faisonâs full interview above and see if this famous TV surgeon can tackle the classic board game, Operation!