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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.

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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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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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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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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The Importance of Health Insurance for Children

Under the Canada Health Act, all Canadian residents, including children, have access to medically necessary treatment through their province or territory’s health insurance plan. In certain provinces and territories, some children may enjoy [+]

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Why You Should Have Hospital Coverage

You never know when you might need to go to the hospital. From accidents and illnesses to chronic conditions, people find themselves in the hospital without warning all the time. If you [+]

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Health Insurance Can Help You Get a Medical Second Opinion (MSO)

At SBIS, we carefully select leading insurance providers and products to deliver the best coverage for our customers. We proudly partner with Manulife to offer Flexcare and FollowMe, and Association health insurance, [+]

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Why Caregivers Need Health Insurance

The good news is that more people survive critical illness and injury today, than ever before. The challenging news it that many survivors need care, and caring for a loved one who [+]

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OHIP+ Changes for those aged 24 and under

Here are the changes the Ontario Government made to OHIP+ that you should know about: Children and youth aged 24 and under who have a private drug plan will no longer be [+]

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Want to make a change to your Health Insurance plan?

It can be reassuring to choose health insurance that suits you, your lifestyle and your budget — because your health insurance will continue to be with you today, tomorrow and in the [+]

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Why do I need provincial coverage to qualify for health insurance?

In Canada we are lucky to have Medicare, our publicly funded healthcare system. Instead of having a single national plan, we have 13 provincial and territorial healthcare insurance plans. Under this system, [+]

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Does My Travel Insurance Cover Me in a Country With a Travel Advisory?

It is vital to check for travel advisories for your specific destination before booking your trip and a few days before leaving by going to https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories. This is Canada’s official source of [+]

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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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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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