Have you used your health benefits for 2016?

If not, now is the perfect time to use them. Don’t let another year go by without maximizing your annual coverage for your Massage Therapy benefits.
Each year, several of us wait until the last minute to utilize our benefits. As Massage Therapists, we do our best to accommodate clients. However, it can be challenging as the schedule becomes very busy. This unfortunately can result in clients having to wait longer than usual to book appointments or worst case not getting any appointments at all.
Not to mention as the weather is also starting to change, more aches and pains suddenly become more present. Especially for those individuals who are suffering from arthritis, muscle strains, or other injuries in the body.
As we begin to enter the final months of 2016, now is the best time to use your Massage Therapy benefits. This allows you to finish them in a timely manner, and also give your body the rest and relaxation it needs before the busiest season of the year begins!
Book your massage today with Michelle Marfo our Registered Massage Therapist! For more information, call (905) 459-4385 or leave a direct message at (289) 323-0275.
Remember, that most benefit plans don’t roll over from year to year. If you don’t use them, you lose them for the year.

Utilize Your Health Benefits Before They Expire

2014 is almost over and as the year ends, so does the allotted amount of health insurance coverage for the 2014 calendar year.

Have you used your health benefits for 2014?

If not, now is the perfect time to use them. Don’t let another year go by without maximizing your annual coverage for your assorted health benefits.

Check with your health insurance provider to determine the amount of remaining coverage you have and contact us to book a massage appointment today. With the holiday season right around the corner, where we’ll all be queueing up in line, carrying heavy packages and trudging through snow and slush, it’s important that we remember that we need to help our bodies heal. A soothing massage can ensure that you maximize your time off during the holidays.

Please remember that if you don’t use your allotted health benefits for the year, you lose them. Health benefits do not roll-over from year to year, so don’t let what you’ve earned go to waste.

For more information, call (905) 459-4385 or leave a message for our massage therapist, Michelle Marfo at (289) 323-0275.

About Ontario Health Insurance Cards

What You Need To Know About Ontario’s Health Insurance Card

Ontario Health Insurance CardYou need to bring your Ontario Health Insurance Card each time you visit any medical services facility where you are looking to have your treatment/examination covered by Ontario’s Health Insurance. It must be a valid card in order for the facility to collect payment for your services from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Any requests for payment that are rejected by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care result in a great expenditure of time, money and resources in tracking the patient to get a valid health insurance number or direct payment.

What You Need To Know To Ensure Your Health Card Is Valid

Ontario Health Insurance Card - Legacy VersionResidents of Ontario must have a valid health card to show that they are entitled to health care services paid for by OHIP.

The ‘legacy’ red and white health cards which do not have a renewal date are still in circulation but are being phased out as the photo health card, which do have a renewal date listed in the bottom right hand corner, are being phased in. If you have a photo health card, you are responsible for obtaining a replacement card before your current card expires.
You can apply for a new Ontario Health Insurance Card if you are a former resident returning to live in Ontario, or if you are a new Ontario resident and meet eligibility requirements for OHIP coverage with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

You should apply for a replacement health card if you have been requested to re-register by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care:

  • if your health card has been lost, stolen, or damaged,
  • if you are reporting a change of personal information,
  • or if your photo health card is due to expire.

A visit an OHIP office or Outreach site is required if the following conditions apply:

  • You have never had Ontario Health coverage before (e.g. have moved from another country or province).
  • Your red and white health cardneeds replacing because:
    • It is lost, stolen or damaged (e.g. card is broken, magnetic strip doesn’t work).
    • Your name has changed.
    • Your date of birth or other information has been recorded incorrectly (your provider may discover this while checking your coverage).
    • A health provider has advised you that there is something wrong with your card or your coverage.
  • Your photo health cardneeds replacing because:
    • The information shown on the card is changing (e.g. change of name).
    • Your photo health card has passed its renewal date (bottom right of the card).

Three (3) original documents to prove citizenship/immigration status, residency in Ontario, and identity are required regardless of what type of health card you are applying for.

For a complete list of documents that qualify, please visit the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s website.

What You Should Do If You Move
You should inform the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care if you change your address. It is important that the ministry has your current address for any direct communication with you.

There are four ways to update your address:

  • Use Ontario Online Services to send your change of address electronically.
  • Go to any ServiceOntario kiosk. They are similar to automated teller machines and provide extended hours of service seven days a week. You will need your health card and the health cards of all members of your family as well as your new postal code.
  • Obtain a “Change of Address” form and return it by mail. Forms are available from your local OHIP office or from the Forms Online section of the ministry website.
  • Send a letter to your local OHIP office. You must include your name, health number, telephone number, current address, and new address including postal code.
  • If you have a photo health card and update your home address, you will receive a new card with your new address. If you have a red and white health card, you will continue to use it but the ministry database will be updated.

Call the ministry INFOline at 1-800-268-1154 (Toll-free in Ontario only)
In the Greater Toronto Area call 416-314-5518
TTY 1-800-387-5559
Hours of operation : 8:30am – 5:00pm
E-mail : infomoh@gov.on.ca

This information is based on information obtained from the Ministry website: www.health.gov.on.ca.

Wise Travel Clinic Now Offering Group Discounts

Wise Travel Clinic

The Wise Elephant Family Health Team operated Wise Travel Clinic has been running for well over a year and the feedback we’ve gotten has been fantastic. We have listened to suggestions and requests and applied as many of them as we felt would improve the experience for all of you. The newest offering from the Wise Travel Clinic is Group Discounts. People don’t travel alone and if you’re all protected and secure during your travels, it makes the whole adventure more enjoyable.

Travel Is About The Experience

When you’re visiting different parts of the world, seeing the wonders they behold, taking in the local culture and tasting the exotic cuisine, you are acquiring the types of experiences that can be life-altering and provide everlasting memories. Whether it’s walking along white sandy beaches while an ocean breeze washes over you somewhere in the middle of the South Pacific or marveling at the human endeavor that was required to stack stone after stone to build the Pyramids at Giza, whatever your adventure is, it is always more fun if you’re sharing it with friends, family or co-workers. Continue reading

Dental Hygiene Services Now Available

Taylor Dental Hygiene Clinic

Wise Elephant Family Health Team in conjunction with Taylor Dental Hygiene Clinic, is now offering in-house dental hygienist services.

Available Services Include:

  • teeth cleaning,
  • teeth whitening (using ZOOM! LED Technology),
  • oral cancer screenings,
  • personalized oral hygiene plans,
  • custom made mouth guards for sport
  • application of desensitizing agents
  • anti-cavity rinses,
  • and varnishes and sealants to help seal the grooves of teeth for decay prevention.

Our services are immediately available and bookings do not require a referral.  Taylor Dental Hygiene Clinic’s services are covered by most major dental care plans, please contact us to confirm.

If you’d like to book an appointment, please call us at (289) 323-0660, contact us via email or reach out to Charlotte Tasico via Synapse.

Special Introductory Offer:

ZOOM! LED Technology Teeth WhiteningTaylor Dental Hygiene Clinic and Wise Elephant FHT are now offering discounted ZOOM! Whitening for anyone who books a full cleaning service with our in-house dental hygienists.

Take advantage of advanced teeth whitening technology using LED lights for the discounted price of $250.00. ZOOM! Teeth Whitening can lighten teeth by 8 shades. Offer is only available for individuals that have booked one full cleaning session with one of our hygienists.

Please contact us or call (905) 216-1065 to book your cleaning and whitening.