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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 Buy Health Insurance

For many people it is relatively simply to decide on your car insurance or even your life insurance. We understand the value of their benefits and when they will be paid. When [+]

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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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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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Health Insurance Supports Healthy Resolutions for 2020

We know you’ve thought about it — making “healthy resolutions” for this new year and new decade. That means you will be reaching out to the important members of your healthcare team: [+]

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Health Insurance Rewards Your Good Health Habits with Manulife Vitality™

As Canadians, we love to earn reward points on our loyalty programs — even as far back as the introduction of the iconic Canadian Tire money in 1958. Over 60 years later, [+]

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Health Insurance Helps Cover Vision Care Costs

Contact lenses, laser eye surgery, or prescription eye glasses — those out-of-pocket expenses may make you think twice about visiting an optometrist for an eye check-up. That’s why health insurance helps with [+]

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Health Insurance Checklist

Sometimes life takes us in different directions and we have to adapt; our needs change over time. Your insurance plan may have been perfect when you selected it, but now you may [+]

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Six Things You Need to Understand About Your Health Insurance Plan

Supplemental health insurance plans can be invaluable to individuals and families who need additional coverage not offered under their provincial insurance plans. But health insurance does not come in a one-size-fits-all solution. So how [+]

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The Benefits of Using a Broker to Buy Health Insurance

The beautiful thing about healthcare in Canada is that many emergency and physician services are free for permanent residents. Our neighbours to the south often talk about how Canada’s healthcare plan is [+]

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Play Hockey? Get Health Insurance

Hockey season is underway, and as we all enjoy cheering on our favourite team, the health impacts from injuries for those who take to the ice as players can be very significant. [+]

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How to Complete Your Manulife Online Health Insurance Application

If you are like most people, you know that relying solely on your government health coverage can leave you with medical bills for prescription drugs, dental care, vision care and therapy that [+]

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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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The Dark Side of Going without Dental Insurance

In an effort to avoid financial ruin, some Canadian families who are without health and dental insurance are taking great risks to get the dental treatment they need without the steep costs. [+]

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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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