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  • Study warns against adopting New Zealand-style pharmacare

    Study warns against adopting New Zealand-style pharmacare

    Canada shouldn’t adopt New Zealand’s national pharmacare system, a new study from the Canadian Health Policy Institute argues. The study by the think-tank examined prices for 248 drugs in nine...

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  • Targeted wellness plans can have huge impact

    Designing wellness plans that work — and don’t backfire — requires some strategy and manager ...

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  • Retirement planning leads growth in life, health insurance: CLHIA

    Retirement planning leads growth in life, health insurance: CLHIA

    Most of the growth in the Canadian life and health insurance industry in 2015 came from the pensions and retirement market, the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association noted in its 2016...

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  • Solving the benefits plan design equation for 2017

    Solving the benefits plan design equation for 2017

    The predictions have begun to come true for most plan sponsors: the flat (or declining) cost trends of recent years have been replaced by significant annual increases. As a result, re-evaluating...

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  • Union optimistic U.S. Steel agreement could lead to ‘good final deal’ for retirees

    Union optimistic U.S. Steel agreement could lead to ‘good final deal’ for retirees

    The union representing workers at U.S. Steel Canada Inc. is cautiously optimistic a proposed acquisition of the company by a U.S.-based holding company will lead to a “good final deal” for...

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  • Why it matters that insurers are paying more claims than ever

    Well, it’s great news for employees and insurers. In the past insurers used reasonable and customary ...

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  • Personalized wellness plans good — but take a communal approach

    On paper, a personalized wellness approach sounds like a no-brainer for employers with deep pockets. ...

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  • 3M to introduce online health benefits marketplace for retirees

    3M Canada is launching an online health benefits marketplace for its retiree population. MyFuture, a new product from Morneau Shepell Ltd., allows retirees to compare insurance products from...

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  • Canada Post labour deal boosts dental, short-term disability benefits

    Canada Post labour deal boosts dental, short-term disability benefits

    The latest round of collective bargaining between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers has resulted in several changes to the health benefits plans. The maximum payable amount for...

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  • Just 30% of employers have a formal health benefits policy for older workers

    Less than a third (30%) of Canadian employers have a formal policy in place governing ...

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  • Have your say: Should Canada pass genetic discrimination bill?

    Have your say: Should Canada pass genetic discrimination bill?

    A Senate bill seeking to ban discrimination on the basis of genetic characteristics that’s moving to the House of Commons next week has significant implications for the life insurance industry as...

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  • The debate over corporate health screenings: Do they lead to over-diagnosis?

    The debate over corporate health screenings: Do they lead to over-diagnosis?

    Executive health has long been the mainstay for private clinics offering medical services in Canada. Such clinics offer corporations comprehensive screening programs and followup care for their...

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  • Just 30% of employers have formal health benefits policy for older workers

    Just 30% of employers have formal health benefits policy for older workers

    Less than a third (30 per cent) of Canadian employers have a formal policy in place governing health benefits for older workers, according to new research by Aon Hewitt. The research found that,...

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  • Equitable Life enhances plan administrator website

    Equitable Life enhances plan administrator website

    Equitable Life of Canada has launched a refreshed website for plan administrators that includes a number of new features and functionalities. The enhancements include: A new calculator that allows...

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  • Encourage clients to take advantage of HSAs

    As awareness and demand of healthcare spending accounts in the small business market increase, advisors ...

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  • Why are EpiPens so much cheaper in Canada?

    Why are EpiPens so much cheaper in Canada?

    Last month, pharmaceutical company Mylan made headlines after hiking U.S. EpiPen prices by more than 500 per cent to more than US$600 for a pack of two injectors. So why is Canada, where Pfizer...

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  • Covering specialty drugs can save plan sponsors $17,000 per employee each year: report

    Covering specialty drugs can save plan sponsors $17,000 per employee each year: report

    When employers cover specialty medications, staff members, other companies, the overall economy and the health-care system all benefit, the Conference Board of Canada found in a new report....

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  • Tackling the challenges of benefits provision for employees over age 65

    Tackling the challenges of benefits provision for employees over age 65

    Increasing longevity, better health and the elimination of mandatory retirement means many Canadians are delaying their retirement past age 65, presenting employers with both advantages and...

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  • Innovation requires changing ‘outdated’ rules, says benefits entrepreneur

    Innovation requires changing ‘outdated’ rules, says benefits entrepreneur

    Citing changing expectations around health care, League Inc. founder Michael Serbinis called for Canada to embrace the changes needed to encourage innovation in employee benefits at an event in...

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  • New contract for Ontario nurses to include benefits and wage increases

    New contract for Ontario nurses to include benefits and wage increases

    About 50,000 registered nurses working in Ontario’s hospital sector will see changes to their health benefits and attendance management policies, as well as wage increases and stronger language in...

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