May 3 • 54M

Ep. 49 - SPECIAL EDITION: From Physician to Patient w/ Dan Hurley, MD

A conversation with Dr. Hurley about his experience of being denied medically necessary care

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Matthew Handley
Ron Howrigon
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What To Do When Insurance Claims are Rejected

Dan Hurley, MD is an otolaryngologist in Arizona who has been diagnosed with a rare and fatal form of cancer. While he was preparing to receive chemotherapy, his insurance carrier denied a PET scan. When the decision was eventually overruled, Dr. Hurley had to make the choice to delay chemo treatment and get the scan or start the treatment to try and save his life. Matthew Handley discussed that decision with him, how he has helped his patients in similar situations, and what sparked his initial interest in medicine.


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Articles mentioned in this program:

How Cigna Saves Millions by Having Its Doctors Reject Claims Without Reading Them - ProPublica

UnitedHealthcare Tried to Deny Coverage to a Chronically Ill Patient. He Fought Back, Exposing the Insurer’s Inner Workings. - ProPublica

Aetna settles suit alleging claim-denying medical director never read patient’s records - CNN