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What is Group Health Insurance?

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This page provides information to Canadians about group health insurance including coverage and benefits.

Group health insurance is a company insurance plan devised to share the financial cost of healthcare among a group of employees, who contribute to a fund. Hence, when a participating employee falls ill or needs healthcare services, they are remunerated by the insurance company under the terms of the contract. A group plan can take many forms; its coverage usually depends on the number of persons participating, the goal of the group’s sponsor, and the company’s budget. Typically, only the employer has a business relationship with the insurance company - the insured individuals do not.

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Many group health insurance plans cover dental, vision and prescription drugs, and may also include life insurance, group disability, accidental death and dismemberment, short-term disability, critical illness, and Best Doctors (Medical Referral service) services. Some group plans will extend benefits to a participant’s family members.

Many people will opt for a job with a company that offers health insurance coverage over one that does not. Group plans provide various advantages for employers as well as employees.

Benefits of a Group Health Insurance Plan for Employers

  • A group health insurance plan offered to employees gives the company an edge. Not only is it an attractive feature in a job offer, but it can also be a factor in retaining employees.
  • Group plans allow access to health insurance at a reduced cost.
  • They are less selective and less discriminatory than individual insurance plans, ensuring that all employees are treated under equal terms.
  • Most premiums paid by an employer are tax-deductible as a business expense.
  • Group health insurance gives workers a sense of security and may help to boost productivity and morale.

Benefits of a Group Health Insurance Plan for Employees

Although individual health plans may provide more flexibility, the rates cannot be negotiated and there exist exclusions for pre-existing medical conditions. On the other hand, a group health insurance plan offers many advantages to an employee:

  • The premiums are typically more affordable than individual health insurance
  • There are no exclusions for pre-existing medical conditions
  • One family rate is charged - you do not have to pay a premium for each dependent
  • Higher limits are permitted for drug and dental claims
  • The group renewal rate is negotiable.