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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.

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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Travelling Soon? Try New TuGO Travel Insurance Options

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

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The Impact of COVID-19 On Your Travel Insurance

The COVID-19 pandemic brought travel to a standstill and the demand for travel insurance quickly stopped. But we know that once the outbreak is over and global travel resumes, travel insurance will [+]

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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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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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Completing Your Health Insurance Application

While it’s true that our provincial plans cover a lot of healthcare expenses like physician visits and hospital admissions, many important items and services aren’t included in that coverage. The amount that [+]

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Unemployed Health Insurance

Did you know there are supplemental health insurance plans you can purchase so you won’t have to worry about your health benefits not meeting your needs?  Or even worse, losing your benefits [+]

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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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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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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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