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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 Affordable is Health Insurance?

Growing up, we dream about who we will be and what life will be like, but we never really seem to dream up the realities of “adulting.” Bills and budgets…these small money [+]

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Three Health Insurance Trends

There are some things that don’t change in life: the value of the time we spend, the significance of smart financial choices and the importance of good health. And there are things [+]

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Manulife FollowMe vs. Prism Continuum Health Insurance Plans

At SBIS, we know you want the health insurance coverage that best fits your budget and your needs — and you want an insurance provider you can trust. That’s why we offer [+]

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The Future of Health Insurance for Retirees in Canada

Not long ago, those who had health and dental insurance benefits through their workplace could look forward to continuing those benefits in retirement. However, that’s often not the case anymore. Every working [+]

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Lifetime Health Insurance

It’s great to have health insurance benefits through your employer. But in reality, that’s a perk only some Canadians enjoy, and one that only lasts a few years of our lives. So [+]

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Health Insurance Has Homecare and Nursing Care Coverage

Today there is a greater emphasis on home care than in the recent past, as more people live longer and survive serious illness and surgery to the point that they can go [+]

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Shop Online For Manulife and GSC Health Insurance

SBIS helps you buy health benefits for both routine and unexpected health-related expenses. Some plans offer guaranteed acceptance, with no health questions asked, even if you have an existing health condition. If [+]

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Can I claim for virtual or remote delivery health services?

How health professionals help you and your family is evolving. To make it easier to provide patient care, many providers do not need to physically meet with you. More and more, it’s [+]

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Health Insurance Mental Health Support

Mental health disorders we encounter are just as serious as physical ailments – and they can result in out-of-pocket healthcare costs not covered by your government health plan. That’s why health insurance [+]

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Change4Life Health Portal Available With GSC Health Insurance

Are you looking for a health insurance plan that rewards you for taking care of your health?  Then GSC’s Prism plans may just be what you are looking for. Every GSC Prism [+]

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Misconceptions about Health Insurance in Canada

Here are the five most common misconceptions about health insurance in Canada. Healthy people don’t need supplemental health insurance It’s true that those affected by chronic health conditions are more likely to [+]

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Kevin’s Manulife Vitality Story with “Motivating” Health Insurance

Women and men, millennials and retirees, families and singles – these are the people SBIS helps every day to put in place the health insurance that fits their needs. Why?  Because we [+]

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COVID-19 and Your Travel and Health Insurance

COVID-19 coronavirus strain is now a known pandemic event worldwide. Here’s what that means for your insurance. Travel Insurance There are many components to travel insurance.  Your policy(ies) may include coverage for [+]

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Can I Deduct My Health Insurance Premium At Tax Time?

When you are filing your income taxes, determining what can and what cannot be claimed as a medical expenses isn’t easy – and we want to make sure you don’t overlook an [+]

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Not ready for a group plan at your start-up? Offer Individual Health Insurance.

While it’s important to offer a competitive benefits package to attract and retain quality people and maximize productivity, a full suite of benefits can be cost-prohibitive. But one of the most coveted [+]

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Joanna’s Manulife Vitality Story with “Win-Win” Health Insurance

Every day at SBIS, we work to help clients get exactly what they want — health insurance that fits their needs. Now we are proud to introduce a program that fits what [+]

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Dental Insurance Considerations for Retiring Canadians

Because Canadians are fortunate enough to have most of our healthcare needs provided for by the government, it’s easy to neglect to plan for some out of pocket expenses. For example, you will [+]

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Navigating Government Dental Insurance Programs

If you are one of the many Canadians who do not currently have separate coverage for your health and dental insurance needs, you will be required to pay out of pocket for [+]

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The Difference Between Preventative and Restorative Dental Insurance

When deciding on dental insurance for yourself or your family, it’s hard to know if you need premium coverage, or if a more basic plan will suit your needs. To help you [+]

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Accessibility Challenges in Dental Care

Accessibility Standards for People with Disabilities To get the most out of health and dental insurance, and enjoy the health benefits that stem from good oral health care, prospective dental patients need [+]

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Dental Insurance Matters at Any Age

Short Term Gain, Long Term Pain These days, many first jobs are temporary or contract positions. This means they don’t come with a lot of the perks of full-time employment, like group [+]

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The Importance of Dental Insurance for Children

When managing a household budget, there are a lot of items to consider. Leaving the health and dental insurance off the list may be tempting. However, it’s false economy when the need [+]

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Factors that Influence Dental Insurance Premiums in Canada

As it becomes clear that dental insurance is important to protect the financial health as well as the dental health of Canadians, it is good to understand what is involved in determining [+]

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Rising Costs are a Significant Barrier to Dental Care

The Wage and Coverage Gap It seems those least able to pay for dental treatment out-of-pocket are also those who are least likely to have private health and dental insurance. In fact, [+]

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Discover What Canadians Think About Travel Medical Insurance

What do we love about travel medical insurance? Eight in ten Canadians love the value this important insurance provides when they are travelling out of their home province. Among those who purchased [+]

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Your out of country visitors need travel health insurance

Now your friends and family may drop by more frequently thanks to more relaxed visa requirements and more direct flights to Canada. If they hadn’t had Canada on their bucket list before, [+]

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Travel Medical Insurance Is Helpful If You Get Traveller’s Tummy

You’re good at planning your vacations and business trips. But did you remember that planning what you’ll eat can be an important part of any trip away from home? Being on the [+]

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When is the Best Time to Purchase Travel Insurance?

Most people figure out where they’re going before they do anything else, and adjust the rest of their preparations around the time and place they’ll be away. Do you want to go [+]

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Do I Need Travel Insurance for a Destination Wedding?

Weddings create a huge market, and this is certainly true for destination weddings. Places like Cancun, Dominican Republic, and other tropical getaways are popular for this type of celebration. It’s a great [+]

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Do I Need Insurance When Travelling Within Canada?

Perhaps best of all, every Canadian resident is eligible for government healthcare, so you don’t need to worry about travel insurance, right? Not so fast, adventurous traveller! Virtually every provincial health ministry [+]

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Travel Insurance Destination Guide

It seems the only real limit is deciding where to go for a March Break vacation. Of course you know that the most important thing you can pack for your trip is [+]

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Travelling with a Pre-Existing Condition

Those with pre-existing conditions are often convinced that as long as their medical issue is under control when they leave the country, there is no reason to buy travel insurance. Nothing could [+]

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Road Trip Rules for Families

  Before you set off on a big adventure this summer, be sure to review these road trip rules for families. Keep Active Just about every rest stop in North America has [+]

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Got Braces? Get them off Faster!

  Once you have arranged payment for the treatment with the coverage that you are eligible for through your health and dental insurance plan, the next step is making sure your braces [+]

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5 Tips for Healthy Summer Living

Before we get too far into the festivities, it’s a good time to review a few ways to stay safe and healthy in the summer. Tips for Healthy Living in the Summer [+]

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Pediatric Dentistry Isn’t Child’s Play

With this high level of specialization comes the feeling that those practitioners who aren’t specialists are less qualified than those who are. When it comes to caring for your child’s teeth, is [+]

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Insurance is the Best Travel Deal in the World

The Case for Travel Insurance Many would-be vacationers take their chances that accidents or illnesses won’t happen abroad. Nobody thinks it will happen to them, and yet every year thousands of Canadians [+]

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Still Smoking? Let This Be the Year You Kick the Habit!

Whatever your reasons were on that fateful day, you’re continuing to do something that is hazardous to your health, and to the health of people around you. You know that. By now, [+]

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Yes, Flossing Really is THAT Important

Why Flossing is Important It’s easy to understand the value of dental floss when you are feeling the irritation of a piece of food stuck between your teeth. It’s true, flossing is [+]

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Travel Insurance for the Year

By now we have all heard stories of our fellow Canadians falling ill or getting injured while on a holiday far from home. What you might not have heard about is the [+]

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