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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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Health Insurance for Canadian Retirees

While employed full-time, many Canadians are in the fortunate position of having company-provided health and dental insurance to help offset the costs of these services that fall outside the provincial and territorial [+]

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No Employee Benefits? Now You Need Health Insurance

A nice perk for some people who work is that their employer provides benefits. But more and more Canadians don’t have that advantage. They are self-employed. Once you’re in business for yourself, [+]

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Is Health Insurance Important When I Retire?

Health insurance benefits are an important part of an employee’s compensation package. Did you know that when you retire, you will likely lose those benefits and the peace of mind they provide? [+]

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Do I have to be in good health to apply for health insurance?

Health insurance helps pay for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses not covered by our government health plan — and that’s vital to protecting your finances. But if you have a pre-existing health condition before [+]

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Looking for Health Insurance? Discover GMS Plans!

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

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Get Help Managing Your Prescriptions + Home Delivery

For many years, hospitals and other institutions have used special medication dispensing systems to help patients adhere to their prescription instructions. Now, GSC includes PocketPills with your health insurance options as just [+]

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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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Five Things You Need to Understand About Your Dental Insurance Plan

Imagine this.  You are sitting back and relaxing, watching Netflix.  You reach for the last bite of popcorn… and ouch!  Can you believe you just damaged your tooth! Hefty dental bills can [+]

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How 2 Group Plans Or 1 Group And 1 Individual Plan Can Coincide

But even if your employer doesn’t offer coverage, it’s a good idea to seek out dental insurance. Unexpected issues arise all the time; it’s better to have a plan already, so you [+]

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How Dental Insurance Can Improve Your Overall Health

A variety of illnesses that have nothing to do with your teeth are directly related to how you treat your mouth. According to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, gum disease is [+]

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The Alternate Benefit Clause: What You Need to Know

Suppose you just found out from your dentist that you need to have a bridge placed. You feel confident your plan will cover most of the proposed amount and your out-of-pocket expenses [+]

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Orthodontics Understanding Your Plan for Amazing Results

Ever since the invention of the camera, people have avoided showing off their pearly whites. The reasons are usually a little different, but they run along the same theme: crooked and gapped [+]

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Who Regulates Dental Care and Billing in Canada?

When you are trying to understand the codes of conduct observed by dental care providers, it’s a good idea to start with an overview of who regulates dental care and billing in [+]

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Understanding Your Dental Insurance Plan and the Types of Services Available

When you are shopping for a Canada dental insurance plan, there are many options to choose from, with varying levels of coverage. Some plans cover certain services, partially include others, and exclude [+]

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How to avoid big healthcare bills this Black Friday

Every November on Black Friday in the United States, Canadians get ready for their seasonal trip over the border looking for shopping deals. Hunting for rock-bottom prices can be exhilarating and a [+]

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Saved by Travel Insurance: Jane’s Real-Life Story (video)

Most everyone knows that purchasing travel insurance not only protects you and your loved ones from emergency medical expenses while travelling, it also helps to protect your bank account. But did you [+]

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The End of the Out-of-Country Travellers program is coming for Ontarians

The Ontario government announced in April 2019 that it would stop covering the medical costs of Ontarians travelling outside Canada, terminating OHIP’s Out-of-Country (OOC) Travellers Program. Here is what you need to [+]

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Steer Clear of Hefty Hospital Bills When You Travel

Scooter, motorcycle, moped, vespa, or bicycle — the choices can be endless when choosing a two-wheeled ride for your overseas holiday. There are a lot of reasons renting one is a great [+]

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Saved by Travel Insurance: Malcolm’s Real-Life Story (video)

Educating yourself on travel insurance may not seem exciting, but sometimes just understanding how important travel insurance was in one person’s experience can be eye-opening. Purchasing travel insurance not only protects you [+]

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Does travel insurance cover hurricanes?

Most Canadians know the importance of getting medical travel insurance before they travel, but they may not be as aware of the importance of trip cancellation and interruption insurance to help prevent [+]

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What is and isn’t covered by Trip Interruption and Cancellation Insurance

Cancelled trips are a primary concern for travellers. The cost of your trip is quite an investment—one that may have taken years of budgeting and planning. A lot can happen in the [+]

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Do I need travel insurance for trips within Canada?

Are you one of the many Canadians who loves to explore everything our country has to offer? Whether it’s a ski trip out west, whale watching in the Atlantic, or a weekend [+]

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Dental Care at Every Age

To help you understand what to do to get the most out of your health and dental insurance with proper follow-up care, we’ve prepared the following guide for dental care at every [+]

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Changing Jobs? Make Sure You’re Covered!

What do you need to know about health and dental insurance to make sure your transition to a new job is a smooth one? Starting a New Job Congratulations, you got the [+]

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Learn the Facts About Domestic Travel Insurance

  Because healthcare is something all Canadian citizens enjoy, we often take it for granted that the same rules apply everywhere in the country. Before you head off on a great Canadian [+]

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Seeing Double? Time for an Eye Exam!

Can you remember the last time you had an eye exam, if ever? Your supplementary health insurance benefits probably cover a visit every two or three years, and there’s a good reason [+]

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Five Summer Sun Safety Tips

Time Outdoor Activities Carefully There’s some truth to the expression “high noon.” It’s the time of day when the sun is at its highest. The Ultraviolet Index (UVI) is highest between 10:00 [+]

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Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Finding the Source Dental anxiety affects an estimated 10-20% of dental patients, so at least you’re in good company. Part of addressing your fear of the dentist is drilling down (pardon the [+]

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What do you Need to Know About Trip Cancellation Insurance?

To help you avoid the stress and financial pain of losing out on deposits if an emergency forces you to cancel a planned trip, here are a few things you should know [+]

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Health Insurance Considerations for the Self-Employed in Canada

Self-employed Canadians don’t get sick days, and many only have supplemental health insurance if they’re covered under a spouse’s plan. If you’re planning to become one of the more than two million [+]

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