‘Grey’s’ Alums Patrick Dempsey and Kate Walsh Reunite in (Controversial) Cigna Ad
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‘Grey’s’ Alums Patrick Dempsey and Kate Walsh Reunite in (Controversial) Cigna Ad

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Derek Shepherd is dead, and Addison Montgomery has left Seattle in her rear-view, but any of their shippers can relive the glory days of these characters’ Grey’s Anatomy romance in a new Cigna ad.

Patrick Dempsey has been repping the insurance company for nearly a year now, but this is the first time Kate Walsh has joined the “TV Doctors of America” campaign.

Not everyone is a fan of these comedic ads, though…

The original ad featured Patrick along with M*A*S*H’s Alan Alda, Scrubs’ Donald Faison, ER’s Noah Wyle, and House’s Lisa Edelstein.

Now, Kate is in the mix along with Doogie Howser, M.D.’s Neil Patrick Harris.

In this ad, actors say they don’t actually know medicine but they do know drama.

“From scandalous romance…” Kate says.

“To ridiculous plot twists,” Patrick says. (Is that Grey’s shade?!)

These TV docs say we can avoid drama by getting an annual check-up, and they’re teaming up with Cigna to remind us to go see a real doctor.

Honestly, we didn’t expect to see Kate and Patrick share the screen again.

They seem perfectly friendly, but they don’t seem like friends.

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For example, when Kate hit up The Better Show in 2015, her interviewers asked her if she kept in touch with the McDreamy portrayer.

“I don’t, no,” she responded.

“But I have other people on the show that I'm pretty close with.”

Still, it sounds like these former co-stars were thick as thieves on the set of this Cigna ad.

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“Kate’s fun, and her comic timing is amazing,” Patrick tells People in an interview about this reunion.

“We were always playful on set anyway, and then we would get serious, but this was fun just to be playful and to make each other laugh.”

Real-life doctors, however, aren’t laughing.

After the first ad hit airwaves in November, the American College of Emergency Physicians released a parody version that took Cigna to task.

“Thanks to the insurance industry, emergency care is covered less and less, and patients are paying more and more,” one physician says in the video.

“We are poking fun at Cigna to highlight a serious issue: the lack of fair coverage for value in emergency medical care,” ACEP President Rebecca Parker, MD, FACEP told Forbes.

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“Many people don’t realize how little insurance coverage they have until they visit the ER, and then they are shocked at how little their insurance company pays.”

“The $9 million Cigna spent on an ad starring well-loved actors playing physicians would have been better spent on patients,” she continued.

“Emergency physicians fight hard for their patients, who are bearing an increasingly large share of the burden for their medical care.

“We encourage all patients to investigate what their health insurance policy covers and demand fair and reasonable coverage for emergency care.”

“Emergency physicians are there for their patients 24 hours a day, every day of the year,” the ACEP prez concluded.

“We can’t say the same for the insurance industry.”

Fair points!

But Patrick and Kate can be forgiven, right? We can’t expect TV doctors to know much about real-life healthcare issues, now can we?