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Call for Tax on Sugary Drinks

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) made an announcement earlier this week asking federal leaders to support and eventually introduce a tax on sugary drinks according to CBC news. The association links Type2 diabetes to these sugary drinks and estimates 10 million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes, costing Canadians $14 billion in health care and economic […]

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Stress

Don’t let Stress keep employees at Home

A new survey by Morneau Shepell discovered 52% of employees miss work due to stress rather than illness. Many employers require medical notes from their doctor to validate the absence, which does not solve the root cause of the problem. The survey also found instead of addressing the issue, 81% of companies gave out warning […]

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healthcare-cost

The Contribution of your Income to Canadian Health Care

Forty percent or more of a provincial government’s revenue is budgeted for hospitals, doctors and drugs. In B.C., the cost of health care comes out $17.5 billion in 2015, and $141 billion in Canada. The Fraser Institute in B.C. decided to look at these costs and the affect it has on family income. They broke down […]

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Canada travel

Travel Insurance within Canada – Are you covered?

Canadians love to get away and travel outside of the country. Some of us also like to explore our own country, but many people are unaware their provincial health plan may not cover all of their medical expenses while travelling in another Canadian province. An Alberta mother learned this lesson the hard way after prematurely […]

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work life balance

The New Normal for Work-Life Balance

What does work-life balance mean to you? Does it mean using your vacation and taking the time to rest and reset? Does it mean working 8 hours a day and then leaving work at work? Or, does it mean staying connected to work after work hours and on vacation, but also regularly dealing with private […]

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Fraud

The real cost of Insurance Fraud

Recently, police charged a Toronto business for their alleged involvement in insurance fraud with a few Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) employees. The company billed the employees for orthotics, braces and other medical devices, but employees never received actual devices. Instead, the employees allegedly submitted the claims and shared the money with the business. The estimated […]

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Quitting

Quitting over Group Benefits

In the U.S. nearly one-third (31 per cent) of employees would leave their employer within 12 months, and about half of those (15 per cent) would quit immediately, if their employer discontinued health care coverage, according to a survey by Accenture. In Canada, most employers offer health care, but if the coverage does not add […]

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PhotoClaims

ClaimSecure’s PhotoClaims is as “Quick as a Selfie!”

Just finished a massage and on the way home…but first, let me take a #selfie…of my claim receipt! That’s right, you can now submit a claim by taking a picture on your phone with ClaimSecure’s recently launched PhotoClaims submission feature, which is available through their eProfile Mobile Launcher app. It’s the easiest and fastest way […]

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Hot

Protect yourself from the Summer Heat

Summer is here and it’s HOT! If you are travelling this summer to hot and tropical locations, or live in Western Canada where it’ll be an extremely hot weekend, make sure you take the proper precautions. If you do not, it could lead to dehydration, which occurs when your body loses fluids, mostly water, than you […]

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SSQ

GroupHEALTH congratulates SSQ Financial Group on appointment of new CEO

GroupHEALTH Benefit Solutions would like to congratulate Jean-François Chalifoux on his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of SSQ Financial Group. The appointment of the new CEO officially takes effect on September 21, 2015. GroupHEALTH works closely with SSQ to provide value-added benefits for their clients, and is excited to work with Jean-François this fall. SSQ […]

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