Legal and regulatory updates for the life and health insurance sector
Legal and regulatory update for the life and health insurance sector

When it’s not covered by your health insurer, and daily news

Recently film and television stunt woman Dayna Grant suffered a head injury that required surgery. It was noted that Grant’s health insurer was unable to cover the $60,000 private surgery. Grant was told her injury wasn’t covered by ACC and that there was a four month wait if she wanted to go through the public health system to treat the 8mm aneurysm and neck injuries. A Givealittle page was created to raise funds to cover the immediate private surgery. The necessary $60,000 was raised within 24 hours of the page going live. Grant has said the money raised will go towards her surgery and recovery, and whatever is left will be donated to Brain Injury Support.

“More than $60,000 has been raised for stunt woman Dayna Grant's brain surgery in less than 24 hours.

The award-winning stunt woman has worked on several high-profile films including Wonder Woman, Mad Max and Xena: Warrior Princes. She recently suffered a head injury on set, a Give A Little page read. She is a mother of three children and also runs a stunt school in NZ.

More than $60,000 had been given by several hundred donors at the time of writing.

The description on the fundraising page said Grant was diagnosed with an 8mm aneurysm

"After experiencing symptoms of traumatic brain injury, Dayna was sent for neuro-imaging CT and MRI scans, unfortunately receiving the devastating diagnosis of an 8mm aneurysm and upper spinal (neck) injuries.

"Surgeons recommend immediate surgery. As is often the way with these things, insurance and liability are a maze of red tape and potentially life-threatening delay through the public health system.

Immediate, private surgery costs NZ$60,000."

According to the details on the Give A Little page, Grant's health insurance was unable to cover the surgery and she faced a four-month wait if she opted for the procedure in the public health system. It was also not covered by ACC.

Speaking to the Herald, Grant said she's been overwhelmed by the response and plans to donate any leftover funds to charity.

"I have been so overwhelmed with the amazing love and support from all around the world," she said.

"$60,000 was raised for my brain surgery on the give a little page in less than 24 hours, the surgery is now covered and anything above and beyond this will be put towards my rehab and post op care.

"I also have neck trauma from the accident a few months ago and ongoing concussion therapy which this will help with a lot.

"If anything is left over it will go towards Brain Injury Support.” Click here to read more

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