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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.

How To Save Money on Health Insurance With Manulife Vitality

It’s exciting! Manulife is growing the Vitality Program available for new Flexcare and FollowMe Health Insurance plan members only! Health insurance helps you prepare for unexpected healthcare costs you face when an [+]

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Get The Perfect 2-Day Multi Trip Travel Insurance For Your Cross-Border Trips

If you get sick or injured while travelling, your provincial government healthcare provides limited coverage for medical treatment and hospital costs outside of Canada. Provincial healthcare plans don’t cover expenses like ambulance [+]

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Travel Insurance For Grandparents Traveling With Grandchildren

Planning a special trip with your grandchildren can be one of the best lifetime experiences. With children, anything can happen. That’s why pre-planning and buying travel insurance is a smart move when [+]

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Quick! Answer This Question: What Is Health Insurance?

When it comes to a simple answer to the question of health insurance in Canada, it isn’t quite simple. But here is what you need to know to make sure an unexpected [+]

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Get To Know Exclusive GSC PRISM Health and Dental Plans

Our name is Special Benefits Insurance Services (SBIS) and just one of the things that set us apart from all the other online insurance offerings is that we and our registered brokers [+]

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Excited To Re-Open? Don’t Forget Health Insurance For Your Employees

For most small business owners, a long-term mindset and careful cash-flow management helps make your business resilient and responsive. When challenges arise, it takes patience. But transformation often happens with a focus [+]

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Depending on Millennial and Gen-Z Workers? Grab 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. That’s vital to you as [+]

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Do You Dread Allergy Season? Health Insurance Can Help Come To The Rescue.

If you dread allergy season you are not alone – as many as 25% of Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies. For millions of Canadian allergy sufferers, it seems like it’s always allergy [+]

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Excited To Re-Open? Don’t Forget Health Insurance For Your Employees

For most small business owners, a long-term mindset and careful cash-flow management helps make your business resilient and responsive. When challenges arise, it takes patience. But transformation often happens with a focus [+]

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Depending on Millennial and Gen-Z Workers? Grab 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. That’s vital to you as [+]

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Do You Dread Allergy Season? Health Insurance Can Help Come To The Rescue.

If you dread allergy season you are not alone – as many as 25% of Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies. For millions of Canadian allergy sufferers, it seems like it’s always allergy [+]

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Does Your Health Insurance Cover Medical Equipment?

Did you know that your government health coverage doesn’t usually cover the cost of medical support equipment you may need if you have an accident or illness? If you do qualify for [+]

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Is Health Insurance Actually Important For Me To Have?

People without health insurance usually seek less medical care and less timely care which can result in worse health outcomes. Why? Out of pocket expenses for healthcare can be too much of [+]

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Had your COVID-19 vaccination? Manulife Vitality rewards you for that!

There’s nothing worse than getting sick regardless of your age, gender or physical ability. That’s why health insurance helps us pay for healthcare we need for ourselves and our family to stay [+]

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What Mental Health Support Costs Does My Health Insurance Cover?

You and your family’s mental and behavioural health is so important. But all sorts of problems can and do happen, and result in a wide range of concerns like anxiety, depression, or [+]

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The Benefits of Using a Broker to Buy Health Insurance (It’s Free!)

The beautiful thing about having a best friend is that a ‘bestie’ always has your back when you need it – helping, supporting and protecting you. And, that friend’s care comes free [+]

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Do You Need Dental Surgery? Here’s How Your Dental Insurance Can Help

While the nature of the injuries these days is much different than 200 years ago, the need for oral surgery hasn’t diminished. Many students of dentistry opt to become oral surgeons as [+]

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Dental Checkups – Why and When You Should Go

It’s funny how we use our mouths to chew, swallow, speak, breathe, kiss, and much more, and yet they’re the last things on our minds when we consider our health. Your teeth [+]

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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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How to Buy Travel Insurance to Prepare for an Unexpected Trip

Travel insurance should always be included in your vacation budget, even if you’re travelling within Canada. Your provincial health plan or your insurance plan through your employer or credit card may not [+]

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Manulife’s COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Plan

Manulife and SBIS strongly encourage you to adhere to the recommendations of the Government of Canada and medical professionals around the world during this time. But Manulife supports the health and safety [+]

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What Free COVID-19 Travel Insurance Covers

Canadians travelling internationally should always follow government advisories. Travel insurers offer coverage that is aligned with the advisories, whether freedom to travel is restricted or not. As the world adapts and reopens [+]

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What You Need To Know About Student Travel Insurance

When you leave home and travel to school, your destination may be another province or territory — or another country. Or are you coming to Canada for your studies? Wherever your studies [+]

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Does Travel Insurance Cover Lost, Stolen or Damaged Baggage & Luggage?

Losing your suitcase, getting your baggage damaged or having your luggage stolen is a terrible experience (especially if it contains your passport!). Think about it. We are all worried about losing our [+]

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Travelling Soon? Try New TuGO Travel Insurance Options

At SBIS, we know you want travel insurance coverage that best fits your budget and your needs — and you want an insurance provider you can trust. Whether you are travelling for [+]

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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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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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