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Leading Insurer Offers Education on How Supplemental Insurance Can Help Offset Challenging Economic Trends in Canadian Market
Date:10/29/2008

ng health care costs highlights the need for consumers to understand the impact that out-of-pocket expenses for an accident or sickness can have on a family's budget," says Thibaudeau. "Lengthy illnesses can result in a significant loss of family income or unexpected expenses beyond the cost of medical care."

He continues, "There are a variety of supplemental insurance plans available that meet most circumstances and budgets. This additional coverage helps protect your savings and your way of life in the event of an unexpected accident, illness or death," adds Thibaudeau. "Additionally, the funds from supplemental insurance policies are generally paid directly to the insured to help pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost wages or other expenses that follow a significant illness or injury."

Canadian Employees Shouldering More of the Load:
There are many costs associated with accidents or critical illnesses that are not covered by the Canadian public health plans. For example, research published by the International Foundation for Education, Benefits and Compensation found that out-of-pocket expenses for cancer patients' treatments, such as prescription drugs, medical devices, parking, home care, family care and other uncovered expenses, ranged from $17,000 to $30,000. These out-of-pocket costs are similar for heart attack, stroke and other critical illnesses.

"Supplemental insurance can fill the gap that often exists between public health care coverage and needed treatment, such as deductibles, co-payments, medical equipment, outpatient care and the costs associated with family members staying nearby to support the hospitalized family member. Some plans can also help make up for lost income from being unable to work due to extensive illness or injury,&q
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