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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.

The DIY Dental Check Up

Have you ever wondered if there is something more you can do between dental visits to take better care of your oral health, so you can postpone a visit to the dentist? [+]

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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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Manulife Healthcare Online Makes Virtual Visits Safe and Easy

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, medical video consultations are working to connect patients with qualified doctors as an alternative to in-person care. Today, telemedicine is playing a crucial part in healthcare as more [+]

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Introducing Your Access2 Benefits with GSC Health Insurance and BEACON

We used to consult a map to find how to get to the healthcare providers we needed. Now, we consult online. But just like reading a map, finding and following the most [+]

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4 Ways Health Insurance Helps You Take Care of Your Family

Managing a household budget can be difficult. Leaving health and dental insurance off the list may be tempting — but remember how important it is for your family. We know that all [+]

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Health Insurance When You Downsize Your Business

All businesses, and particularly small businesses, naturally progress from start-up growth to winding down. And everyone who contributes throughout those changes needs health insurance. Providing attractive benefits to help employees maintain good [+]

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Yes, It’s Safe to Go to the Dentist

At times, it has been vital to our health to keep our physical distance. In the worst situations, our healthcare professionals move to shut down all but emergency help to keep us, [+]

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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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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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The Importance of Dental Care for Seniors

Most provincial health insurance plans offer some extended prescription drug coverage for senior citizens and residents on social assistance, however this coverage still does not include coverage for dental care in most [+]

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Dental Insurance and Out-of-Pocket Expenses

Trends in Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses Statistics Canada researches and reports on virtually everything that affects Canadians, from consumer spending to out-of-pocket healthcare expenditures. According to a Statistics Canada report, Canadians are [+]

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Choose the Right Dental Insurance Coverage

Of course, understanding the importance of insurance has little bearing on one’s ability to pay for coverage. If you are struggling with the decision to buy dental insurance coverage, consider this: How will [+]

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Economic Implications of Dental Health Care

It is widely accepted that good oral health is an important component of one’s overall health maintenance. Fortunately, there is an array of private dental insurance options available to address this gap [+]

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Why You Need Dental Insurance

But dental care is expensive, and many Canadian residents don’t have dental insurance. According to data collected by Statistics Canada from March 2007 to February 2009, 32 percent of Canadians have no [+]

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Four Steps to Choosing a Dental Insurance Quote

How Much is the Quote? Look at the quotes you’ve received for each plan.  The plan with the lowest quote will cost you the least amount of money, right?  Not so fast.  [+]

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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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Maintaining Healthy Habits in Winter

Winter Health Habits There are a lot of things you can do to keep up healthy habits all year long. Here are a few of our favourites: Keep eating your fruits and [+]

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Options to Replace Lost or Damaged Teeth

Types of Replacement Teeth Dentures, crowns, bridges and onlays – all of these are options to replace lost teeth. But what exactly is the difference between them, and why would your dentist [+]

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Travel Insurance for Seniors

Pre-Existing Conditions At any time in your life, travel medical insurance is a must. This is especially true when you are managing an ongoing health condition. It’s true that you may have [+]

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What is a Pollen Vortex?

At least now we know why we’re suffering so much this year. Hot on the heels of the polar vortex, climatologists have a theory about the “pollen vortex” in our midst. Pollen [+]

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Oral Health Care and Serious Health Conditions

The following are some examples of health conditions that can change your dental health needs. It is by no means a complete list. For more information about the implications of managing a [+]

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Breaking Bad Dental Habits

Stop Drinking Your Calories Most people know that a Frappuccino has more calories than anybody should be ingesting in a single sitting, but did you also know that it has more than [+]

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Summer Fun and the Emergency Room

Always Use Recommended Safety Equipment These days all the cool kids are wearing helmets for cycling, skateboarding and riding on scooters. They’re also wearing life jackets when riding on a boat or [+]

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What is Involved in Basic Dental Care?

General Maintenance Every six to nine months, depending on your care needs and your insurance coverage details, cleaning and polishing of your teeth is recommended. At regular intervals you should also have [+]

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