Canadian auto insurance fraud is racking up a massive $2 billion annual bill

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According to a recent report, many Canadians are regularly scamming their insurers, forcing premiums up. A new Aviva Canada report revealed an auto insurance fraud trend costing insurers $2 billion every year. This added expense to insurers is leading them to increase premiums to compensate for the fraudulent claims payments. Drivers across the country are being forced to pay for an incredible $2 billion in added fraudulent expenses. The Aviva Canada report was published under the title “Crash, Cash and Backlash: Aviva Fraud Report 2017.” It pointed out that honest…

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Canadian flooding may leave homeowners paying out of pocket

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Heavy rains soaked huge portions of Ontario and Quebec as well as British Columbia and New Brunswick. The Canadian flooding from last week’s record level rains caused water levels to rapidly rise and enter thousands of homes. The lack of flood insurance among homeowners now means that many Canadians will be paying for cleanup and repairs out of their own pockets. Residential flood insurance only recently became available to homeowners in the country. Only between 10 and 15 percent of insured homeowners have overland flood insurance, says Insurance Bureau of…

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Residential flood insurance must be available and affordable, says IBAC

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The Canadian trade organization feels that the government should no longer be an “insurer of first resort.” The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) said in a recent document that residential flood insurance should become available and affordable in the country. It pointed out that the Canadian government doesn’t need to be an “insurer of first resort.” Instead, it should provide a reinforcement for an existing and realistic coverage. At the moment, overland flood insurance is not available to the vast majority of Canadian homeowners. The IBAC stated that residential…

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Fort McMurray wildfire insurance costs will be highest in the history of Canada

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The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates a total insured loss of approximately $3.58 billion. The tremendous Fort McMurray wildfire that ripped through the region in Alberta, Canada was the costliest in the country’s history. No other disaster brought such great expense to insurance companies. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) estimates a total cost of $3.58 billion. Canadian insurance companies have never faced an cost that large from any single disaster in history. The IBC issued a report based on information collected through a survey of insurance companies. With this…

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Could health insurance discrimination result from DNA data collection?

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In all but one G7 country, there are laws to protect people from losing rights based on their genetics. There is a rising belief among geneticists that the completion of genome sequencing would cause people to discover things about themselves that they don’t want to know, but many don’t realize that health insurance discrimination could also result from this type of test. These tests produce a detailed analysis of a person’s complete genetic code and they are not expensive to obtain. Naturally, DNA tests will not guarantee that a person…

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Canadian insurance company leads the way in anti-discrimination for suicide patients

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Desjardins Group has become the first insurer in the country to drop a controversial policy clause. The Desjardins Group insurance company in Canada has now become the first insurer in the country to drop a clause from its benefits plans that would deny benefit payments to policyholders who have self-inflicted injuries or who have attempted suicide. The changes to the employee benefits plan have become effective immediately and will apply to at least one client. At the start of this change, the changes made by the insurance company are taking…

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Canadians wrongly feel they have flood insurance with their homeowners policies

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A recent study has found that 65 percent of people in that country believe they have protection they don’t. A recent survey conducted by Square One has determined that among the 1,500 Canadian participants, 65 percent erroneously believed that they had flood insurance included within their homeowners policies. This misconception about the coverage was more common in some provinces than it was in others. For instance, homeowners insurance customers living in Manitoba were the most likely to think they were protected against overland flooding. Equally, those in Saskatchewan were the…

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