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Serious illness

Top critical illnesses in Canada

The diseases that top the leading causes of death in Canada include cancer, heart disease, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, influenza, pneumonia and kidney disease.

The sandwich generation: Managing aging parents and a young family

The new trend of young parents caring for their children in addition to their aging parents is growing fast. This can be a balancing act for many families, and if there’s a lack of support and resources, it can put a strain on the person who has taken on the responsibility of overall care. Visit your local Community Care Access Centre for information on the in-home services that are available and to find out about the programs that exist in your area. If you purchase a Blue Cross health care plan, services for health assistance are included, as well as coverage for wheelchairs, nursing care, walkers and more.

What health services are available through Blue Cross?

When you purchase a Blue Cross health care plan, our exclusive Blue Cross Member Assistance program offers a wide range of services. Whether you’re a young mother who needs help in the days after giving birth or you need nursing services for your parents after a release from the hospital, our care coordinators will help you find the services you need when you need them.

Support and advice for people with serious illnesses

If you are diagnosed with a serious illness, you can be overwhelmed with emotion and worry. Trying to gather information about the condition and how to improve your quality of life can be difficult and confusing. First, speak with your doctor, who will provide you with the most relevant information specific to your condition and your medical history. Most critical diseases have a foundation that is dedicated to research, fundraising and supporting those diagnosed with the disease. Contact your local foundation, which can provide a wealth of information that will help you manage and even provide resources for the condition. If you are a Blue Cross health insurance member and have questions about whom to contact, one of our member assistance program representatives will be happy to help you.

If you already have a serious illness, you may be under the impression that health insurance is not an option for you, but this is not the case. Blue Cross offers plans that require little or no medical information for you to obtain coverage. Coverage is guaranteed and no medical exams are required. With a health insurance plan from Blue Cross, you can protect your health and your finances.

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