Keyword: Pharmacogenetics

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Sun Life expanding digital offerings with disability management toolkit

Sun Life is expanding its suite of digital tools with a disability management toolkit. The new tools include virtual independent medical examination, a solution that aims to help employees on disability participate in an independent examination without leaving their home, as well as online cognitive behavioural therapy. Following a pharmacogenomics pilot project with LifeLabs Genetics and BiogeniQ […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 15, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 10:05
SSQ Insurance adds pharmacogenetic testing to group benefits

SSQ Life Insurance Co. Inc. is adding pharmacogenetic testing to its group insurance offering. Pharmacogenetic testing helps determine how a person’s DNA reacts to prescription drugs, which makes it easier for doctors to choose the most effective medications for their patients. SSQ said it expects the offering will make it easier for plan members to access […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 3, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 16:00
2019 Consultants Report: What benefits and pension topics are top of mind for consultants?

Compared to the preceding years, 2019 appears to be the year of steady when it comes to progress on hot topics that resonated in the industry in 2017 and 2018. While no single topic has disappeared from the slate, neither have any new ones risen to become topics of urgency among consultants. “Last year, we […]

Plan sponsors, members interested in cannabis, pharmacogenetics: survey

Plan sponsors and members are increasingly interested in making non-core benefits like pharmacogenetic testing and medical cannabis part of their plans, according to the 2019 Sanofi Canada health-care survey.  For pharmacogenetics, 74 per cent of plan members said they’d consent to giving a sample of their DNA so a physician could prescribe the most effective medication […]

Employers, insurers facing challenges as genetic testing grows in popularity

Genetic testing is gradually growing in popularity as some employers adopt a more preventative benefits and wellness strategy. In its annual employee benefits report, the U.S.-based Society of Human Resources Management found 18 per cent of organizations offered genetic testing in 2018, up six per cent from 2016. It also found plan members are increasingly interested in learning […]

Medavie launches pharmacogenetic testing pilot

Medavie Blue Cross is launching a pharmacogenetic testing pilot project to help group benefits plan members find ideal medication and dosing amounts. The project uses GeneYouIn Inc.’s Pillcheck cheek-swab DNA test, analyzing patients’ genes to understand how their bodies might process certain medications. After the test, the swabs are destroyed for patient privacy. While the project will initially […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 16, 2019 September 17, 2019
  • 15:45

Specialty medications and high-cost drugs for common conditions are driving up private plan drug spending, according to Express Scripts Canada’s annual drug trends report. The report found the rapid increases in drug spending for private plans over the last 20 years have started to slow. The average annual drug spending per plan member was up just 0.9 per cent […]

Health costs expected to rise 11.6% in 2019: report

Canadian insurers expect health costs to rise by 11.55 per cent this year, according to a new report by Accompass Inc. The annual survey determines the anticipated year-over-year cost increase or decrease — or health trend factor — by asking insurers to examine their businesses and take various factors into account, including legislation and reforms, economic events […]

Q&A with Aon’s Art Babcock

On the eve of his retirement, with more than 40 years in benefits under his belt, Aon’s Art Babcock considers the industry’s move to technology, health-care spending accounts and drone piloting Q. How did you get into the group benefits industry? A. I began my career in the insurance industry out of university, with Metropolitan […]

Shoppers Drug Mart offering coaching for staff on STD due to mental illness

Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. is partnering with Acclaim Ability Management Inc. to offer one-on-one coaching services to employees on short-term disability leave with mental-health issues. With the goal of getting their employees back to work sooner, employers can choose between two offerings to lower the risk of STD turning into a long-term disability leave. “We’re taking employee support to the […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 22, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 15:05