# Friday, February 24, 2006
                 

Often times people have pre-existing conditions, which are not normally covered by standard personal health plans.

When there are existing medical conditions you have two options:

  1. Apply for a standard health insurance plan that will exclude the specific, pre-existing condition (everything else will be covered).
  2. Get a guaranteed issue health insurance plan that will then cover the pre-existing condition.

If you want to apply for a standard health plan just indicate the nature of your condition in the application's medical questionnaire. What then happens is the insurance company's underwriters look at the application and either reject it or make a counter-offer that does not include coverage for the existing condition.

Your other option is a guaranteed issue health plan. The one thing about these plans is that the coverage is limited, with maximums set for benefits. However, many times a guaranteed issue health plan will pay out immediately for the given existing condition (e.g. test strips and syringes for diabetics, etc.). In addition there are valuable core benefits for things like medical practitioners (e.g. physiotherapists, etc.), as well as dental and prescription drug coverage ( depending on the plan).

The following lists guaranteed issue health insurance plans:

  • FlexCare ComboPlus Starter Plan: core benefits (e.g. physiotherapists, home care, nursing, etc.), dental, vision care and drug coverage.
     
  • FlexCare DentalPlus Basic and Enhanced Plans: core benefits like vision, extended health care (e.g. nursing, home care, etc.), and dental insurance (does not come with prescription drug coverage).
     
  • FollowMe: personal health insurance for those who have lost or discontinued their employee benefits (i.e. group insurance). No medical questions are asked if you apply within 60 days from your group insurance termination date. If you are interested in a guaranteed issue health insurance then please call us at 1-800-474-4474.
     
  • Blue Vision Express Plan: core benefits for prescription drugs, routine dental costs, paramedical coverage (e.g. psychologists, physiotherapists, etc.) along with optional dental coverage.
     
  • Sonata Core Plan: coverage for prescription drugs, vision care, paramedicals as well as optional travel, major dental and hospital accommodations.

Feel free to get as many instant quotes for "no medical" health insurance plans as you'd like! You can also contact us if you have any questions. We are nationally licensed health insurance brokers and we are here to help!

posted on Friday, February 24, 2006 8:33:13 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #   
# Friday, February 10, 2006
                 

Eligible Prescription Drugs

**** UPDATE: January, 2017 *****

We now have a very detained, in-depth analysis of prescription drugs covered by Canadian health insurance plans via an InfoDesk article: Prescription Drugs and Canadian Health Insurance. Please refer to this article.

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Oftentimes our brokers get inquiries about prescription drug coverage, in particular what types of drugs are covered and what are not. 

First it needs to be understood that this will vary, depending on the type of individual health insurance plan you have. However, having said this there is prescription drug coverage that is common to most plans.

To be covered by your health plan the prescription must first be prescribed by a licensed physician, and also have what is called a "DIN" (drug identification number) number that identifies the drug. Note that one DIN # can be used for products with different sizes (as long as all other product characteristics such as the product name, manufacturer name, etc. are the same).

Some examples of commonly covered prescriptions are: lipitor, prozac, amoxil, insulin, etc. .

The following are common exclusions to covered prescriptions:

  • Fertility drugs are generally excluded (an exception to this is the FlexCare ComboPlus Enhanced plan).
  • Some life style drugs and experimental drugs that have not been approved by the Medical Association are excluded.
  • Over the counter drugs are not eligible medications.

Also, reimbursement of drugs is based on the lowest-cost generic equivalent ( if available) for many health plans.

If you do not know if a medication is covered by your health plan then call your insurance company, and give them your policy number and the DIN # of the particular prescription drug you were prescribed.

If you do not know the DIN number of a prescription drug click on the following link, select "DIN" and then enter the name of the drug in question: - Get DIN # -.

posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 8:08:29 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #   
# Friday, January 13, 2006
                 

Buying Travel Medical Insurance

Travel medical insurance is an essential thing to have when traveling abroad. However, there are certain things that should be taken into account before purchasing your insurance.

The first thing to determine is whether or not you already have travel insurance. Some people are not aware that their group insurance (i.e. employee benefits) has travel coverage. If you do have travel coverage through your group benefits then a good thing to determine is the length of coverage it offers. Make sure that your entire trip is covered, and if it isn't then you may want to consider top-up insurance.

Travel benefits are also sometimes offered through credit cards. However, this is often accident-only, and may not offer protection from sudden and unexpected illness. Know what your coverage is, along with all limitations and exclusions.

Finally, if in doubt consult a broker!

posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 5:28:52 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #   
# Thursday, January 5, 2006
                 

Often times health plans require a medical questionnaire to be filled by the applicant, and when the application is submitted to the insurance carrier it goes through what is called "underwriting". The medical history of the applicant (and any other insured family members) is examined, and the policy is either issued or declined. If declined a counter offer may be issued by the carrier, which can then be accepted or declined by the applicant.

The medical questionnaire requirement also depends on the type of insurance being applied for. Employee benefits traditionally do not require a medical, while individual health plans do.

However, there are several guaranteed issue personal health plans that do not require medical questionnaires:

You can compare instant quotes online for the health and dental plans mentioned above, or call us toll-free at 1-800-474-4474 if you would like more information.
 

* Please note that all plan names are the (registered) trademarks of their respective insurance companies.
 



posted on Thursday, January 5, 2006 4:44:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #   
# Wednesday, December 21, 2005
                 

It is becoming considerably more important that customers are well informed about insurer-agent relationships and agent compensation related to the products and services they buy.

In June 2005, Canadian insurance regulators released a Consultation Paper, which included a proposal to regulate what agents must disclose about their insurer relationships and compensation. The insurance industry has responded by stating that they believe an industry-led standard is preferable to such regulation.

For over a year, several insurers have been working with the Canadian Life & Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) and its industry counterparts to develop guidelines for agent disclosure. Earlier this year, the industry released an Advisor Disclosure Reference Document that sets out those guidelines. A modified version of the document for group benefits and group retirement business was released in September. The CLHIA has urged regulators to allow these guidelines to be fully implemented and assessed before taking further regulatory action.

Insurers and agents are advised to work together to ensure customers have clear and complete information. They need to disclose about the agent’s business relationships with insurers, agent compensation (including any potential incentive reward), and any conflicts of interest. 

posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 2:25:07 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #   
# Thursday, December 8, 2005
                 

HealthQuotes.ca is happy to announce the launch of our health and travel insurance blog.

We will be posting insurance related topics that we feel will be of use to the Canadian public.

We encourage feedback, and would like to establish a flow of information and dialog between us as brokers and the public.

All postings are stored so that people can search for topics of particular interest.

Enjoy!
The HealthQuotes.ca Team

posted on Thursday, December 8, 2005 6:45:50 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #   
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