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To make informed decisions about health and dental insurance, you need to start by getting the facts. Reading our collection of articles about health and dental insurance in Canada will help you save time and money as you discover more about how insurance works, and how the choices you make now will affect you in the future.

COVID-19 — Travel Insurance Safety Is Vital To Your Safety

During the pandemic, the Government of Canada continues to advise against non-essential international travel. Some Canadians intend to travel outside Canada despite the travel advisories or for essential reasons. Here are some [+]

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Which Prescription Drugs are Covered by Health Insurance Plans?

When it comes to threats to our health, many diseases are communicable, while others can be spontaneous, environmental, or genetic. Some ailments can be cured with rest and minimal intervention, but others [+]

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Stressed Employees? Make Sure You Offer Health Insurance.

Have you seen the clues? Take a look at how your employees are performing at work. Are they really focused on their job? Do they seem anxious? As a business owner, you [+]

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Manulife Makes Virtual Medical Consultations Free and Easy with Akira

Consumer confidence and the use of virtual healthcare is skyrocketing, and many Canadians are coming to prefer virtual services whenever possible. Virtual care has moved from progressive to mainstream because of the [+]

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The DIY Dental Check Up

Have you ever wondered if there is something more you can do between dental visits to take better care of your oral health, so you can postpone a visit to the dentist? [+]

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Know What OHIP Does and Doesn’t Cover When You Are Out of Canada

In 2020, Ontario’s Ministry of Health reinstated OHIP coverage for out-of-country emergency hospital, health facility and doctor services. Even so, the Ontario government recommends that you buy travel health insurance coverage in [+]

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When Should I Buy My Health Insurance?

You know it’s important to take care of your health. That’s why you exercise and eat healthy and make sure you get a solid night’s sleep. Nothing is going to stop you [+]

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What You Need to Know About Diabetes and Health Insurance

According to the 2019 Diabetes Canada Cost Model, one in three Canadians has diabetes or pre-diabetes and the numbers continue to rise. Even so, fewer than half of us can identify even [+]

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Manulife Makes Virtual Medical Consultations Free and Easy with Akira

Consumer confidence and the use of virtual healthcare is skyrocketing, and many Canadians are coming to prefer virtual services whenever possible. Virtual care has moved from progressive to mainstream because of the [+]

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The DIY Dental Check Up

Have you ever wondered if there is something more you can do between dental visits to take better care of your oral health, so you can postpone a visit to the dentist? [+]

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Know What OHIP Does and Doesn’t Cover When You Are Out of Canada

In 2020, Ontario’s Ministry of Health reinstated OHIP coverage for out-of-country emergency hospital, health facility and doctor services. Even so, the Ontario government recommends that you buy travel health insurance coverage in [+]

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When Should I Buy My Health Insurance?

You know it’s important to take care of your health. That’s why you exercise and eat healthy and make sure you get a solid night’s sleep. Nothing is going to stop you [+]

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What You Need to Know About Diabetes and Health Insurance

According to the 2019 Diabetes Canada Cost Model, one in three Canadians has diabetes or pre-diabetes and the numbers continue to rise. Even so, fewer than half of us can identify even [+]

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How to Decide If Your Small Business Should Offer Health Benefits

Your provincial insurance plan may pay for medically necessary care, but it doesn’t cover numerous other services that can threaten your or your employees’ health, ultimately affecting your company’s bottom line. For [+]

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Three Things You Need To Know About Divorce And Your Health Insurance

When major life events like a pandemic test our emotional and mental well-being and our marriages, sometimes the result is the end of our relationships. Why? It may be that spending too [+]

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How to Offer Employee Assistance with a Small Group Health Plan

When you’re a small business owner, your time is valuable. To simplify the selection and reduce the cost of your group benefits package, at SBIS we offer GMS Group Advantage, a health [+]

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Why You Need the Perfect Insurance Plan for Your Children

Our caring and nurturing doesn’t stop at feeding and clothing, it extends to the well-being of our children in all ways. That includes making sure they have an education, a clean environment, [+]

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Get Dental Insurance Before You Need Dental Surgery!

Thankfully, we now live in a society where tooth extractions are the absolute last resort, and dentists will do everything in their power to save your teeth. Sometimes the measures they take [+]

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How to Avoid Expensive Dental Costs

Now think about how you could pay that dental bill without dental insurance. Would you be able to afford it? When faced with this question, most people opt to skip the dental [+]

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Dental Insurance Dictionary

Basic dental services An umbrella term for dental services that generally include exams, x-rays, polishing, scaling, root planing, endodontic services and tooth removal. Bitewing x-rays A type of x-ray that you bite [+]

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Dental Insurance Checklist

If you don’t have a plan or your existing one isn’t cutting it for you, it’s a great idea to put a little research into finding something that will meet all your [+]

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Why Your Dental Fee Guide is Important and How to Understand It

Decoding the Codes Every procedure, every appliance, and every exam has a specific code. For example, you may have had a recall exam, where your dentist checks for cavities; some scaling, where [+]

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Dental Insurance: How to Fill in the Gaps

When you’re young, you have other things to worry about than your teeth. No one believes, when they’re in the prime of their lives, that someday they’ll fall apart — and it [+]

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What You Need To Know About Your Basic Dental Coverage

The next challenge for you is figuring out what exactly your plan covers. There are so many different programs; it’s understandable to have questions. If you have what is called “Basic Dental [+]

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The Impact of COVID-19 On Your Travel Insurance

The COVID-19 pandemic brought travel to a standstill and the demand for travel insurance quickly stopped. But we know that once the outbreak is over and global travel resumes, travel insurance will [+]

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OHIP Out-of-Country Travellers Program Has Ended. Travel Insurance is Needed

Are you making plans to go to Mexico? Do you have that all-inclusive vacation booked to Cuba or the Dominican Republic? Or maybe this is the year for that long-planned trip to [+]

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Travel Advisory and my Travel Insurance: FAQ

Travel insurance protects you from unexpected out-of-pocket costs for eligible expenses when you are travelling outside of Canada – but you must pay attention to government travel advisories. The Government of Canada [+]

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The Magic of Multi-Trip Insurance

If you go on two or more adventures throughout the year, you may want to consider covering up to a full year’s worth of travel with one of our affordable multi-trip annual [+]

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Travelling Santas Need Travel Insurance!

We don’t know if Santa carries a travel insurance policy, but here is what he should be packing into his sack, because it can be risky out there whether you are travelling [+]

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How Long Can Canadians Stay Abroad?

Did you know that there are provincial healthcare qualification restrictions on travelling abroad, in addition to restrictions by the countries you may plan on visiting for an extended period? Canadians like to [+]

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Visitors to Canada Need Health Insurance

According to Statistics Canada, Canada is welcoming more than 31 million travellers from abroad every year! Whether they are visiting from the U.S., Europe or Asia, it’s important the visitors know that [+]

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Super Visa Private Emergency Medical Insurance for Visiting Parents and Grandparents

Family is so important, and if yours lives in another country, you know what it’s like to want them to visit and stay for a while. The good news when it comes [+]

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Why You Need Custom Orthotics: It’s all in the Shoes

Thankfully, shoes have improved over the years. Someone smart finally realized that if shoes fit each foot correctly, they would be more comfortable. Now, shoes are no longer just protective barriers from [+]

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Massage Therapy: Why Something So Fantastic Has to Be Reasonable and Customary

The after-effects are wondrous, giving you relief from the stresses of life. To some, massage therapy is a real luxury to be paid out of pocket, while others are fortunate to have [+]

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10 Things Your Dentist Wants You to Know

That’s a shame because a good dental self-care routine is critical to proper oral healthcare. Though the frequency of your visits may vary based on your needs and your health and dental [+]

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5 Ways to Avoid a Problem with Your Travel Insurance Claim

Some travel insurance policies, thankfully, go without claims because the trip was uneventful. However, if you do find yourself sitting in an emergency room far away from home, you’ll never be mad [+]

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Younger Workers Need a Health Insurance Strategy

To help form part of a plan for tomorrow, today’s young workers need a health insurance strategy to take care of their current and future healthcare needs. Health Insurance Challenges Facing Millennials [+]

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Travel Insurance in Times of Global Uncertainty

When planning a trip for work, pleasure or personal reasons, it’s important to know what’s happening in the world around you. This year, many Canadians are changing their travel plans due to [+]

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What Do Dentists Think About Halloween?

One group of healthcare professionals in particular has some ideas on the subject of the annual festival of Trick or Treating adventures. What do dentists think of Halloween? Dental Care Tips from [+]

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Insurance Issues in the Medical Marijuana Debate in Canada

On April 20, 2017, the Canadian Federal Government announced that recreational use of marijuana (also known as cannabis) will be legal in Canada by Canada Day 2018. For many Canadians, this settles [+]

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