Green Shield Canada Review

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About Green Shield Canada

Green Shield is a Canadian-based non-profit health and dental benefits provider founded in 1957. Servicing over 5 million Canadians, the company has grown to become one of the largest health and dental benefits providers to Canadians. Green Shield provides group or individual health insurance, and health insurance to third-party administrators such as universities in Canada.

The Green Shield app lets policyholders submit a claim, locate a Green Shield-vetted health care provider, as well as access a range of other features.

Green Shield Key Information

Company NameGreen Shield Canada
Head Office Address 5140 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 6L7
Website ttps://
In Business Since 1957
A.M. Best Rating -
Financial AssetsC$2.52 Billion
Terms and Conditions

How Do I Purchase a Plan with Green Shield Canada?

You can begin the process of shopping for any kind of Green Shield insurance policy by clicking here.

How Can I Reach Green Shield by Telephone?

In order to reach Green Shield by phone, call them at 1-888-711-1119

How Do I File a Claim with Green Shield?

Claims can be made with Green Shield via their website or app. Since there are various types of policies which require a different claims procedure for each one, it is best to visit this page here for step-by-step instructions and a tutorial video on submitting a claim.

Green Shield Pros and Cons

Pros and cons to investing in a private healthcare plan with Green Shield may include: access to a broad range of services, easy to understand digital platforms but on the flipside high costs, limitations to pre-existing conditions and high costs.

Why Green Shield Could Be Right for You?

  • Extremely easy website to navigate
  • Wide range of insurance products to choose from
  • Easy to use digital solutions
  • High focus on wellness programs
  • Excellent customer service

Why Green Shield Could Be Right for You?

  • Limited coverage depending on plan selected
  • Premiums may come at a higher cost
  • Claims are sometimes denied

What Does Green Shield Canada Cover?

Green Shield Canada (GSC) delivers innovative health and dental benefits products. They offer a wide range of health and dental insurance plans which include dental, health, vision and extended benefits which when customized, meet the unique needs of diverse Canadians. Green Shield also offers various types of health and wellness programs which include assistance for weight management and smoking cessation programs.

Green Shield ZONE Plans

The Green Shield ZONE Plans are designed to give everyone health coverage. There are a total of 7 zones for you to choose from, and acceptance is guaranteed at all tiers.

The Zone Fundamental Health Insurance Plan

These plans include coverage for prescription drugs, vision care that includes eye exams, contact lenses and eyeglasses, chiropractor, massage, mental health, speech therapy, and travel health insurance.  Acceptance is generally guaranteed and no medical questions are asked when a person applies.

Green Shield  Zone 2 Plan

This plan offers all of the same benefits that are included in the Fundamental plan with guaranteed acceptance, dental and vision care, extended health care and travel medical coverage.  What’s more is that the Zone 2 plan is specifically designed for those with pre-existing conditions. There is also no waiting period and you receive instant access to your pay-direct benefit card.

Zone 3 and 4 Basic Health and Dental Insurance Plans

This plan comes with dental coverage, but no prescription drug coverage, and Zone 4  includes prescription drug coverage but no dental coverage. Both Zones 3 and 4 are loaded with mental health care, extended health care, travel medical insurance and hospital services. 

Zone 5, 6 and 7 Plans

Zone 5 includes all the coverage included in Zones 1-4, plus there’s a generous increase for dental care in the first three years, and extensive vision coverage that increases in the first five years. 

The more comprehensive zones 6 & 7 includes orthodontic coverage, available after the third year of being a policyholder. Dental coverage increases after the first year, and vision care increases for the first five years.

Green Shield LINK Plans

The Green Shield LINK Plans are quite comparable to the Zone plans offered by Green Shield. What sets apart the LINK plans from the Zone plans is that the LINK plans are designed for individuals about to retire. Though guaranteed acceptance is warranted here too, there is a medical questionnaire in order to qualify. The prescription drugs you are currently taking will not be included in your new Green Shield LINK plan. The Green Shield LINK plans were specifically curated to accommodate policy holders with pre-existing medical conditions - private or semi-private hospital rooms are included in the LINK plans. LINK 1 does not include dental care, LINKS 2 and 3 do, and LINK 4 has extended dental care, and includes orthodontics.

Green Shield Group Benefits Plans

If you are a business owner or managing a business and are looking for an affordable group benefits plan, Green Shield Canada can help.  Please contact us at Insurdinary for further assistance and inquiries.

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