What to look for in a Virtual Health Care Solution

The pandemic has brought health and wellbeing into the spotlight. Employees are now looking for more from employers than salary alone. A LifeWorks study reported that 77% of employees would leave their current job for an employer that provided better mental health and wellbeing benefits. 60% of employees said they were more likely to leave their current employer if they …

Social isolation is taking a toll on Canadians’ mental health

In a survey conducted by Sun Life, over half of Canadians surveyed (56%) said COVID-19 is having a negative impact on their mental health, with social isolation the top contributing factor. The survey reveals COVID-19 is having a greater negative impact on the mental health of women (62%) compared to men (49%). As to what Canadians feel is contributing to …

RAMQ Changes

Due to recent regulatory changes in Quebec, RAMQ will begin to pay for some pharmacy services effective immediately. What’s changing? Some services that remain covered by Group plans will now be covered at 100% coinsurance, regardless of the level of reimbursement provided for in their plan. See below for the list of these services in addition, the list of new …

2021 Quebec Drug Insurance Pooling Update

Every year, the Quebec Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation (also referred to as the Société de compensation en assurance médicaments du Québec) revises the Quebec group insurance pooling terms and conditions. All group insurers in Quebec contribute to a pooling plan that protects private sector plan sponsors against the financial impact of large claims for drug costs. Based on pooling results …

2020 Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey Highlights

Sanofi Canada’s 2020 healthcare survey regarding health benefit plans has been completed. Sanofi Canada surveys both plan members and plan sponsors. The survey took place in January/ February of 2020 and while it was conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic, many highlights remain relevant. Wellness Wellness ranked high as an important factor when deciding on a job offer or remaining at …

How employers can support employees during COVID-19 with Virtual Health

The Coronavirus is causing uncertainty for both employers and employees. Employers need to help their employees through this difficult time and there are steps they can take to support workers. Plan for absences It is possible that some employees may become sick, and even more will be worried and wanting to self-isolate. Employers need to consider employees who cannot work …

Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19

The situation around COVID-19 is changing rapidly and new updates continue to emerge. Please also review the best practices put out by Health Canada which can be found at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a flu-like virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China and since reported in cities around the world. New …

Quebec Drug Insurance Pooling Update 2020

Every year, the Quebec Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation (QDIPC) reviews the terms and conditions for the high-cost pooling system in the province. Based on its latest review, QDIPC is revising its pooling levels and fees for 2020 to reflect trends in the volume of claims submitted to the pool, particularly catastrophic claims. The new pooling levels and fees will be …

Court Decision: When does Employer’s duty to accommodate end?

A recent decision by the Ontario Divisional Court has outlined that an employer’s duty to accommodate ends when an employee’s disability becomes permanent and as a result, the contract of employment cannot be upheld. The case – Katz v. Clarke Mr. Clarke (the employee), was employed as a Front Store Manager at a pharmacy owned by the Katz Group (“Katz”) …

Advica Health : Let’s talk about drug abuse and addiction

We are very pleased to be working with Advica Health to provide virtual health and healthcare navigation. Please contact us for more information. Advica Health’s informative newsletter on the topic of substance abuse is below. Substance Abuse: A Serious Health Concern That No One Talks About: Studies are showing that alcohol, pills, recreational drugs, and in a lot of cases …