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The Inside Story - September 2017
  • It may not be comfort food… but the 2017 GSC Health Study serves up the facts
  • WHAT'S UP... Alberta dental fee guide sparks controversy, Quebec reaches agreement for generic prescription drugs, Health Canada may scale back Vanessa’s Law
The Inside Story - July/August 2017


Let’s celebrate by reflecting on how the health insurance industry and Canada’s approach to health have evolved over the years. Here are all the wonderful, worrisome — and sometimes wacky — turns along the way...

Follow the Script - Summer 2017
  • Tapping in to the drug pipeline
  • Behind the Counter
  • Drug Review at GSC
The Inside Story - June 2017
  • Is Health Care Delivering Value?
  • Community Giving Program: Education Foundation of Niagara – Medical Needs Fund
  • WHAT'S UP... Update on Opioids, New Reports Investigate the Value of Additional Community Pharmacy Services, Other News About Pharmacy Practice
The advantage - May/June 2017
  • Change4Life turns two!
  • Booklet and contract revisions for travel benefit
  • Helping your plan members find an eligible provider
  • New PST on health insurance premiums from 2017 Saskatchewan budget
  • Checked out lately?
The Inside Story - May 2017
  • Time to Listen to What Our Mouths Are Telling Us
  • Community Giving Program: The Umbrella Multicultural Health Co-operative – Umbrella Welcome Clinic
  • WHAT'S UP... 2017 Ontario Budget Proposes Pharmacare Program For Children and Youth, Significant Savings Possible With Hypertension Care by Pharmacists, Public Policy Paper About National Pharmacare
g(sc) TALK - Spring 2017
  • GSC's inaugural guide to (practical, functional) fitness fashion
The Inside Story - April 2017
  • Drug Pooling Is Part of the Solution, But Not the Whole Solution
  • Community Giving Program: Saskatoon Wellness Towards Community Health
  • WHAT'S UP... Initiatives Underway to Combat Opioid Misuse, $3.5 Million for Gift Cards to Nudge Smokers to Quit


Follow the Script - Spring 2017
  • De-mystifying the Trillium Drug Program (TDP)
  • Behind the Counter: Coordinating benefits plans in real life
  • Drug review at GSC...
The Inside Story - March 2017
  • Recent Television Coverage Investigates Canada’s Rising Drug Prices
  • WHAT'S UP... Nova Scotia Human Rights Board Rules in Favour of Covering Medical Marijuana, Draft Guideline Designed to Slow Canada’s Opioid Epidemic, The Cost of Smoking-Attributable Diseases Worldwide
  • Community Giving Program: Halton Peel Dental Association – Smile Days
The advantage - February 2017
  • Helping you keep your plan safe from fraud and abuse
  • 2017 provincial dental fee guide adjustments
  • Quebec Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation threshold changes for 2017
  • Pharmacies in Quebec to update billing practices thanks to legislation changes
  • Dietitian Health Coaching Update
The Inside Story - February 2017
  • Want to Keep Employees and the Financials of Your Benefits Plan Healthy?
  • WHAT'S UP... We’re Hitting the Road with the GSC 2017 Health Study, Proposed Federal Tax on Employer Health Benefit Contributions, Recent Research Sheds Light on Health Management Efforts
  • Community Giving Program: Homeless Connect Toronto
g(sc) TALK - Winter 2017
  • Gearing up for a healthy 2017 with GSC's Dietitian Health Coaching
  • Frontline CareTM in action: 211 and The Centre for Social Innovation
  • Darn' good health advice
The Inside Story - January 2017
  • Depression and the Medicalization of Sadness… Has “Treatment” Come to Mean “Drugs”?
  • WHAT'S UP... New Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, Ontario Pharmacists Now Giving Additional Vaccines, Chronic Condition Infographics
  • Community Giving Program: YWCA of Yellowknife


Follow the Script - Winter 2016
  • Pharmacy – 2016 in review
  • Drug review at GSC...
The Inside Story - December 2016
  • The Drug Landscape is Changing… Say Hello to Subsequent Entry Biologics
  • WHAT'S UP... Limits to Blood Glucose Test Strips, New Sleep Survey, Disease Management Support
  • Community Giving Program: Jubilation Residential Centres Inc.
The advantage - November 2016
  • Agreement with the manufacturer of Orkambi
  • Dietitian Health Coaching partners announced
  • Pharmacist Health Coaching update
  • Enhanced billing in Online Administration
  • More health data coming with Change4Life
The Inside Story - November 2016
  • Why are Opioids in the News Every Day?
  • WHAT'S UP... Fewer Women are Taking the Birth Control Pill, Canadian Medical Association Releases Recommendations for New Health Accord
  • Community Giving Program: Hope Place Centres
The Inside Story - October 2016
  • For Improving Health, “There’s an App for That”… But Do They Actually Work?
  • Community Giving Program: Salvus Clinic Moncton, Veith House
  • WHAT'S UP... New Research on Flu Vaccine and Statins
g(sc) TALK - Fall 2016
  • Up close and personal(ized): the future of medicine is upon us
  • New year, new site
  • Change4Life®: They made the change (and so can you!).
Follow the Script - Fall 2016
  • When less is best
  • Drug review at GSC...
The Inside Story September 2016
  • Community Giving Program: Horizons for Youth, Youth Without Shelter
  • Change4Life is Changing Lives!
  • WHAT'S UP... Conference Board of Canada Research About Specialty Medications, SEBs Shown Comparable to Brand-Name Counterparts, Eight Hours of Sitting Requires One Hour of Activity
    The Inside Story - July/August 2016
    • Personalized Medicine Represents a World of Possibilities
    • Community Giving Program: 2016 Grant Recipients
    • WHAT'S UP... Report Summarizes the First Healthy Canada Conference, Antidepressant Research in the News, Smoking Cessation Research in the News
    g(sc) TALK - Summer 2016
    • Exercise as an effective treatment? And it only takes 30 minutes...
    • Hacks 4 a Healthier Summer
    • Get online!
    Follow the Script - Summer 2016
    • An update on subsequent-entry biologic drugs (SEBs)
    • Drug review at GSC...
    The Inside Story - June 2016
    • GSC Tackles Mental Health
    • Community Giving Program: Cornerstone Housing for Women Foundation, Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, LOFT Community Services, South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre
    • WHAT'S UP... Prescription Drug Expenditures In Canadian Public Plans, Insight Into Health Care Trends, Update To Plan Member Online Services
    The advantage - May 2016

    What’s in this edition?

    • Pharmacist Health Coaching news
    • Registering for Plan Member Online Services
    • Going green with plan member booklets
    • Contract update: self-inflicted injury/suicide clause
    g(sc) TALK - Spring 2016
    • Introducing...the new (and improved)
    • Change4Life taking 2016 by storm!
    • Hacks 4 a Healthier Work Week: Track your steps!
    The Inside Story - May 2016
    • GSC Health Study 2015
    • Community Giving Program: Richmond Family Place Society, Providing Alternatives Counselling & Education Society, University of Victoria, Scarborough Women’s Centre, and Pine River Foundation
    • WHAT'S UP... Report On Diabetes, Future Health Care Approaches
    The Inside Story - April 2016
    • Straight Talk from the Doctor’s Office
    • Community Giving Program: Touchstone Family Association, Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia, Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society, Heritage Skills Development Center, Canadian Centre For Women’s Education and Development
    • WHAT'S UP... Generic Drug Prices in Canada, Pharmacist Care for Cancer Patients, Sustainable Solutions Report
    Follow the Script - Spring 2016
    • Getting in Sync: Improving Adherence Through Medication Synchronization
    • Drug Review at GSC…
    The Inside Story - March 2016
    • Everyone Needs a Helping Hand…Especially for Tackling Chronic Conditions
    • Community Giving Program: Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation, Windsor Residence for Young Men, and Maryvale Children’s Mental Health Centre
    • What's Up ... Pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance, Healthy Brains at Work Report, and What’s Up at GSC
    The advantage - March 2016
    • New Features for GSC on the Go™
    • 2016 Provincial Dental Fee Guide Adjustments
    • Manitoba and Saskatchewan Exception Drug Status Programs – Coordination of Benefits
    • Specialty Drug PPN Enhancement for Ontario
    The Inside Story - February 2016
    • Asking the Tough Questions About Health Benefits Plans
    • Community Giving Program: Le Grand Chemin Centres, Médecins du Monde Canada (Doctors of the World Canada), and Exeko
    • What's Up ... News from Manitoba, Strep Tests in Nova Scotia, and Heart Month
    The advantage - January 2016
    • Reminder – GSC’s new Smoking Cessation and Maintenance Medication Fill Limits Programs
    • Web ShieldStats® makeover and enhancements
    • New cholesterol specialty drugs
    • New online dental claim submission
    The Inside Story - January 2016
    • The ChangeMakers: Moving the Benefits World Forward
    • Community Giving Program: Creative Vision Cares and Quest Community Health Centre
    • What's Up... Diabetes in Canada Continues to Rise, Working Towards Total Health in 2016


    Follow the Script - Winter 2015
    • From the Lab to the Pharmacy: The Drug Development Process
    • Reviewing Health Canada’s Drug Assessment Process
    The Inside Story - December 2015
    • Memorable Moments from The Inside Story in 2015
    • Community Giving Program: YMCA of Greater Moncton and YWCA Moncton
    • What's Up... The High Cost of Providing Benefits, PEI Adds Drugs to Formulary
    g(sc) TALK - November 2015
    • Your Health is (Literally) in Your Hands
    • Medication Adherence and Why You Should ‘Stick2It’
    The Inside Story - November 2015
    • The First-Ever GSC Dental Study
    • Community Giving Program: National Service Dogs, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and Sanguen Health Centre
    • What's Up ... This Year’s Flu Season, Change4Life™ via GSC on the Go™, and Pharmacist Health Coaching Program
    The Inside Story - October 2015
    • Learn by Doing: The Behaviour-Change Journey
    • Community Giving Program: Calgary Dental Infection Program and Inn from the Cold
    • What's Up... Mental Illness Awareness Week, New Studies on Behaviour Change
    Follow the Script - Fall 2015
    • The New Blockbuster Drugs: Miraculous or Unaffordable…or Both?
    • Infusion Clinics
    The advantage - September 2015
    • Change to Secondary Coordination of Benefit Claims for Drugs
    • Quebec Bill 28 Update
    • New Claim Attachment Feature on Plan Member Online Services
    • providerConnect™ Enhancements
    The Inside Story - September 2015
    • It’s Back to School: Learning About Health Literacy
    • Community Giving Program: Spectra Community Support Services and Vita Manor
    • What's Up ... Hepatitis C Drugs, Don’t Leave Home Without Travel Insurance, Updates to providerConnect™
    The Inside Story - July/August 2015
    • The ChangeMakers: The Science of Behaviour Change
    • Community Giving Program: Restoring Smiles
    • What’s Up... Corporate Social Responsibility; Reports, Reports, and More Reports; GSC Preferred Pharmacy Network For Specialty Drugs
    The advantage - July 2015
    • GSC Introduces a Preferred Pharmacy Network (PPN) for Specialty Drugs
    • Adherence Support Services – Stick2It
    g(sc) TALK - July/August 2015
    • Introducing the Change4Life™ Rewards Store
    • Hacks 4 a Healthier Summer
    Follow the Script - Summer 2015
    • Pharmacy’s Perfect Storm
    • Pharmacists and the Business of Pharmacy
    The Inside Story - June 2015
    • The Health Study Version of Groundhog Day
    • GSC Frontline Care™: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
    • What's Up... Smoking Studies Provide Intriguing Insights, Manitoba Pharmacare Adds New Drugs
    The advantage - June 2015
    • Psychotherapy and Homeopathy Regulation in Ontario
    • Hydrocortisone Status Change
    • Quebec Update - Bill 28
    • New Lancet Claim Submission Process
    g(sc) TALK - June 2015
    • Setting Goals for Yourself the S.M.A.R.T Way
    • Why the Change4Life™ Health Risk Assessment (HRA) is About to Be Your New BFF...
    The advantage - May 2015
    • GSC’s New Change4Life™ Health Portal is Here!
    • Plan Member Update
    The Inside Story - May 2015
    • The ChangeMakers: "Wake Up!" Not Your Typical Employee Wellness Campaign
    • GSC Frontline Care™: Welcome Hall Mission
    • What's Up... Health Canada Launches Product Inspection Databases, NS to Regulate Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, PEI Adds 18 New Drugs to Formulary
    g(sc) TALK - May 2015
    • Things You Should be Doing on Plan Member Online Services – A Friendly Checklist
    • No, One Cookie Will Not Ruin Your Diet 

    The Inside Story - April 2015
    • Facts (and a Bit of Opinion) from the GSC 2014 Health Study
    • GSC Frontline Care™: Ontario 211
    • What's Up... Coming Soon - GSC's Change4Life™ Goes Online, World Eating Trends, Health Report Card Places Canada Eighth
    g(sc) TALK - April 2015
    • We Want to Pump (*Clap*) You Up!
    • Hacks 4 A Healthier Work Week
    Follow the Script - Spring 2015
    • Does Your Drug Plan Cover Methadone? Probably…
    • Dispensing Methadone
    The advantage - March 2015
    • New Hearing Aid PPN
    • 2015 Provincial Dental Fee Guide Adjustments
    • Generic Drug Pricing Update
    • New Speech Therapy Claim Guidelines
    The Inside Story - March 2015
    • Introducing Our Newest ChangeMaker: Diana McNiven, GE Canada
    • GSC Frontline Care™: CUPS Coordinated Care Team
    • What's Up... Plan Members Will Soon Have Access to Change4Life™ Online, Health Canada Makes it Easier to Access Health Information, PEI Launches New Vision Care Program for Children
    g(sc) TALK - March 2015
    • The Power of Giving Back – GSC’S Community Giving Program
    • We Have an App – GSC on the Go™
    The Inside Story - February 2015
    • We Really Are What We Eat — And More
    • GSC Frontline Care™: The Alex Youth Health Bus
    • What's Up... GSC on the Go™ – New Release, Smoking Cessation Study, Manitoba Adds Drugs To Pharmacare Programs
    g(sc) TALK - February 2015
    • A Look at What We’ve Been Up To Lately...
    • Health Benefits (As Explained by a 23 Year Old): Biologics Management Policy
    The advantage - January 2015
    • New Features for GSC on the Go
    • New Prescribing Authority for Nurse Practitioners
    The Inside Story - January 2015
    • Some Inspiration to Start the New Year! Introducing the ChangeMakers
    • GSC Frontline Care: REACH Community Health Centre Dental Clinic
    • What's Up... Submit More Types of Online Claims to GSC, PEI Adds Drugs to Pharmacare Programs, BC Changes Blood Glucose Test Strip Coverage
    g(sc) TALK - January 2015
    • Prophecy Alert…Our Predications for 2015
    • The Expanding Role of Nurse Practitioners (aka NPs)
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