Providing you with the support and the information that you need to best service your clients

Payors

First Canadian Benefits (FCB) values the relationships that it establishes with payors. We understand that your business depends on knowing what services are available to your clients and on keeping up with industry changes. Our goal is to provide you with the support and the information that you need to best service your clients.

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Why Enroll as a Payor?

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Savings

Save 20-30% on all services performed by FCB Providers.

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More Treatments

Use your plan/policy in the FCB Health Network to receive 20-30% more treatments under your existing plans’ annual maximum with the added bonus of reducing your copayments.

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Vendors

Access to our affiliate vendors allowing your members to save on goods and services such as medical supplies, sundries, and more.

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Virtual Care

Virtual care at no cost by video calling one of our network providers.

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Online Booking

Online appointment booking to ensure you are making the most of your time.

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Prescriptions

Save on prescriptions with free delivery across Canada and guaranteed lowest dispensing fees.


Only through Mednow and Rexall*

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Vision

Savings on prescription lenses, frames, and contacts. Maximum of 2 purchases per year.


Only through Clearly*

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Providers Across Canada

Travelling? Not to worry the FCB Health Network has got you covered. Find new health and dental providers near you by utilizing our interactive provider search.

FCB has made great strides towards sustaining and maintaining costs, by designing and building the network from the payors perspective. The result is a health network that offers the breadth, depth, and features payors want. FCB has adopted the recommendations of various provider associations as we embrace the better business practices, ethics, and jurisprudence of managing health care.

How does it work?

FCB is a socially responsible company that provides its services to all Canadians in need. We acknowledge the FCB Health Network Providers as they continue to claim and bill for services under reference-based pricing.

Payors and their representatives have two options for cost containment and affordable rates.

Option 1: Standalone Plan

Use FCB's Covid 19 Health and Dental Relief Plan A001 as a standalone plan. By utilizing and receiving treatments under Plan A001, you will be saving 20-30% on all treatments performed by our network providers (unlimited).

  • * FCB providers are contracted to accept RBP for all health and dental services specific to their province.
  • * Option 1 allows members to receive coverages with no annual maximums, deductibles, and reduced fees through our contracted rates. Members will also have the opportunity to receive a myriad of goods and services at a reduced rate.

Option 2: Primary Plan using RBP

Primary plans may now enroll their members into the FCB Health Network to receive a benefit relief on all costs of treatment up to 30% less than the providers current fee guides. Payors can expect savings between 30-40% on all claims payable.

Payors along with their members will also be receiving savings on a myriad of additional services.

Members can also expect reduced copayments as well as more services under your annual maximum. Treatments performed/billed above and beyond your plans annual maximum will still be subject to FCB’s Benefit Relief

Reference Based Pricing

Through the evolution of health and dental care, providers have determined their own prices. The result is a broad range of price variances from one provider to another!  The price of a procedure (big or small) will vary simply depending on where the procedure is taking place and who is performing it.

It’s no secret the high cost of health care has many employers feeling limited in their options and ability to provide quality benefits at an affordable cost. Several options exist beyond simply shifting costs to employees. One such option is reference-based pricing (RBP). RBP helps address the cost of care while also addressing employer concerns regarding the affordability of health care benefits.

What is reference-based pricing?

Reference-based pricing is a health plan strategy where the employer sets a ceiling on the amount it will cover for a procedure rather than having the provider determine the cost. Providers are then asked to accept the RBP payment, or provide justification as to why their fees exceed reasonable and customary charges.

To achieve optimal results for both the employer and member, integrating RBP in health and dental coverages requires specialized administrative capabilities best served by the FCB Health Network.

Health and Dental plan coverages rarely cover the full amount of any procedure. Cost is typically covered by a combination of funding such as co-pays, deductibles, and plan coverage.

How RBP Works (Dental Example)

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  1. Health and Dental providers charge drastically different prices for the same procedure.
  2. Each province has an established “reasonable and customary” price for that procedure.
  3. The FCB Health Network uses reasonable and customary (i.e. reference-based) pricing to negotiate with providers to ensure that their employer and member clients are not over-charged.

Example of cost variance: Dental Crown

For example, the cost variance of a Dental Crown might range between $700 and $1100 or more across Canada. However, the quality of the procedure and care provided is basically the same. RBP eliminates the variance with a set amount and ensures a win/win/win scenario:

  • * The patient receives quality care at a more affordable cost.
  • * The provider receives fair payment for their services.
  • * The premiums begin to stabilize for the employer and employees.
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Benefits of RBP?

The objective is simple - address health and dental costs for individual employees and employers. The benefits of RBP however have a far reaching, ripple effect throughout the healthcare community. The intent is to provide an effective tool to help stabilize the cost of healthcare.

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Employees

RBP takes guesswork and worry from employees regarding price - specifically, out of pocket costs. It also encourages members to engage proactively in managing their health and dental costs.

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Employers

Managing cost is a primary motivator of employers choosing self-funded health plans. RBP leverages every opportunity to proactively achieve optimal cost management while still providing quality health care to members.

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Healthcare Community

Setting fair value pricing through RBP helps create a competitive market focused on improved results through quality performance at an affordable cost.

Frequently Asked Questions

 No, these services can be obtained in whole or in part based upon each client’s needs.

 FCB values its agent partners and will assist with any employer meeting, finalist presentation, employee enrolment or educational meeting when asked by the agent to do so.

No, FCB only provides RBP billing to your existing claim adjudicator.

 Yes, agents/brokers utilizing the FCB Health Network for their clients will be reimbursed accordingly.

 Plan members must be informed and engaged throughout their healthcare experience to ensure the right coverage outcome. Asking questions about the cost of a procedure is encouraged. Staying informed about providers who are RBP compliant is recommended. Patients still have a choice in using non-compliant providers but in doing so assume responsibility for the balance beyond the cost ceiling set by RBP.

Plan members will receive further coverages with no annual maximum, deductibles, and reduced co-payments under RBP. Members will also have access to affiliated vendors for savings on goods and services, virtual pharmacy, and savings on prescription glasses and hearing aid devices. Payors can see their premiums stabilize by saving up to 30% on all claims payable.