Category: Extended Health

Celebrate National Employee Benefits Day on April 2nd

Your health is important – complete the Personal Health Risk Assessment today! – with Great West Life Are your eating, sleeping or drinking habits putting you at risk? Do you know how your physical activities and lifestyle affect your health? To help answer these questions, Great-West Life has enhanced our easy to use online Personal […]

Health ministers urging pharmacare program to pay for prescription drugs

The Canadian Press/Graeme Roy June 8, 2015 TORONTO – Canada should have a national pharmacare program to help people pay for prescription drugs, several provincial and territorial health ministers said Monday as they vowed to make it a key issue in this fall’s federal election. “Certainly I think we have an opportunity given that this […]

Increase in drug spending hits 40 year low but expected to rebound soon

The amount of money Canadians spent on prescription drugs last year rose a mere 0.9 per cent, the lowest increase since statistics on drug spending were first measured in 1975, a new report said Thursday. But Michael Law, a health economist at the University of British Columbia, warned that the trend of slowing growth in […]

Taking your Pills – The befefits of drug adherence

In order to gain the positive health outcomes associated with prescription medications, patients must take their drugs “as prescribed” – a simple fact, but it is one too many patients ignore. Here is the shocker: according to the World Health Organization, adherence in developed countries like Canada averages just over 50% Every year medication non-adherence […]

Universal Drug Plan would save us Billions

Canada would save billions of dollars if we instituted a national drug plan. A report was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal making this assertion and it rightly attracted a lot of attention and conversation across the country. This is not a new topic – for years some groups and political parties have advocated […]

Reduce the impact of Diabetes on your Organization

Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in Canada. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 1 in 4 Canadians are living with diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes or prediabetes. If incidence continues at the current rate, by 2020, it will be 1 in 3. The impact on your organization More than 50 per cent […]

3 Part Series on Mental Health – Part 2

The Importance of Mental Illness Awareness in the workplace Positive mental health in the workplace is something that is so crucial, yet rarely discussed in an open and educated atmosphere. Our brains are miraculous in design and capability, but when there are issues and chemical imbalances, as well as dissatisfaction and loss of enthusiasm at […]

Even the Law is not above the Law when it comes to Group Benefits Fraud!

We are reposting a public article from the Canadian Press Story: 117213 – Jun 14, 2014, however, we know that all are innocent until proven guilty. A 20-year member of the Abbotsford Police Department has been charged with fraud and obstructing justice. Const. Rob Thandi is accused of using his extended health benefits fraudulently and […]

Alberta Legislation Matters

  1. New Compassionate Care Leave in Alberta Since February 1, 2014, Albertans can take up to eight weeks of unpaid job-protected leave from work to care for gravely ill family members, and return to the same or similar position. How it Works: Employees must have worked at least 52 weeks for their employer Employees […]

Multiple Carriers have now Moved to Mandatory Generic Drugs

Greenshield Canada, Empire Life, Encon, Desjardins, Equitable,Great-West Life, Manulife, Pacific Blue Cross,Sun Life, and Standard Life are some of the many insurance providers ENCOMPASS works with, and have all confirmed that their Extended Health Plans are moving to Mandatory Generic Substitution.  This drug plan allows brand only when it is proven to be medically necessary and not simple when a doctor […]

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