Is GMS health insurance the best for you?

James Rodriguez James Rodriguez  updated on 2022-01-03

Canada’s universal care, while excellent, is not comprehensive. Emergency and preventive care are largely covered, but knowing what is not covered is critical to planning for the worst. 

Around 30% of health expenditures in Canada are privately financed by supplemental insurance (group or individual) or by patients themselves out-of-pocket. This includes dental and vision care and access to prescription medications. 

Are you considering a personal health insurance plan with GMS?

You are in the right spot. This guide details the offerings from GMS including price, coverage, reviews and more.

Who is GMS?

Group Medical Services (GMS) is a non-profit health and travel insurance provider, covering a vast range of medical costs that government and other private benefit plans do not. GMS was born in Saskatchewan in 1949 and they have been extending products and services across Canada since 2003.

Our review of GMS health insurance:

GMS offers plans ranging from basic coverage to comprehensive, all of which have the option to add dental benefits and/or drug benefits. With GMS, you will be able to tailor a plan to fit your health needs. 

They have a comprehensive online portal, My GMS, which allows for easy access to your benefit information and the ability to submit a claim online. Their travel insurance for certain plans automatically adds COVID treatment coverage.

GMS health insurance is a choice for you if you do not have health benefits through your employer, starting your own business, or if you would like additional benefits not offered by your employer’s or province’s health and drug coverage.

Why GMS may be right for you: 

  • My GMS portal access
  • Submit claim online or via app
  • Counselling and speech therapy covered in some plans

Why GMS may not be right for you:

  • Dental plan is limited
  • Hospital benefits are not automatically included
  • Vision and travellers insurance not included in Basic plan

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What does GMS cover?

GMA offers three plans:

  • BasicPlan
  • ExtendaPlan
  • OmniPlan

Drug, dental and hospital cash can be added to all plans including additional travellers insurance. All plans have various reimbursements for health practitioners such as acupuncturists, chiropractors, podiatrists, massage therapists, naturopaths, dietitians, osteopaths and physiotherapists.

Vision 80% to $200 per 2 years combined90% to $250/2 years for frames/lenses
$90/eye exam/2 years
Health Practitioners 70% to $250 combined maximum80% to $350 combined maximum90% to $300 per health practitioner
Counselling Services Combined maximum of $65 per visit for 10 visits per person, per policy year.Combined maximum of $65 per visit for 15 visits per person, per policy year.
Annual Travel
  • 48 or 63 days coverage outside Canada
  • 183 days in Canada
  • $2,000,000 annual maximum
  • $500,000 COVID-19 coverage within the policy's annual maximum
  • 30 days coverage outside Canada
  • 183 days in Canada
  • $2,000,000 annual maximum
  • $500,000 COVID-19 coverage within the policy's annual maximum
Preferred Hospital Room$500 per person per year$1,000 per person per year45 days up to $3,500 per person per year
GSM personal health insurance coverage

To learn more, consult GMS’s brochures below:

What does GMS dental insurance cover?

While Canada’s public system covers lots of healthcare needs, access to dental care is not included. Dental care is important to one’s overall health. Since it can be a major expense, too many people skip preventive treatment. That is a mistake, as regular preventive care helps prevent gum disease, which is linked to conditions like heart disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, it can help you to detect other medical complications early.

A supplemental insurance plan can help, here is what GMS offers:

YearBasic ServicesMajor ServicesUp to combined reimbursement
Year 1 75% $500
Year 2 80% 50%$750
Year 3 80% 50%$1,000
GSM dental insurance coverage

Basic services:

  • Exams
  • Fillings
  • Polishing

Major services:

  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dentures

Note that a three-month waiting period applies.

How much do GMS’s plans cost?

A 24-year old living in Ontario opting for a BasicPlan with Basic drug coverage and dental could expect to pay $83.25 per month.

Your premium will be based on your individual circumstances. GMS will weigh a number of factors to determine your premium such as: 

  • age
  • gender
  • addition of optional benefits
  • the number of lives on your plan (individual, family, etc.)
  • smoker status

To make sure you are getting the best plan for the best price, you must first establish what you want from your health insurance policy. The price of health insurance varies greatly between insurers. Your health history, age, the coverage options offered, your province, and more affect pricing. Use our comparison tool to get personalized health insurance quotes, all anonymously. 

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How can I get a GMS health insurance quote?

You can request a GMS personal health insurance quote by working with an insurance broker, requesting a quote through GMS's website or calling 1-800-667-3763. Before you do compare quotes using our insurance comparison tool.

How can I connect to my client space?

You can register to create an account with My GMS which will give you access to your personal portal where you can submit or track a claim, find more information about your coverage and eligibility, and also check balances.

How can I make a claim with GMS?

You can skip the claims process by using your GMS Pay-Direct card directly at your pharmacy, dentist, health or vision practitioner. If you do need to file a claim, you can do so by accessing their online portal or by submitting a paper claim. 

You may also do so by completing and sending the claims form:

To the following address: 

Claims at Group Medical Services 

2055 Albert Street 

PO Box 1949 

Regina, SK S4P 0E3

How can I cancel my GMS health insurance plan?

Contact GMS at 1-800-268-3763 to inquire about cancelling your plan. Note that there is a 24-month waiting period to get new coverage again with GMS.

How can I contact GMS?

You can contact GMS at 1-800-667-3699. They are available Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm CST.     

You can also email them at: [email protected]

Can I get travel medical insurance with Sun Life?

You will have to check your specific plan to know if travel insurance is included. Travel insurance is particularly important in Canada because provincial health insurance plans cover less once you are out of your home province. This can mean unpleasant surprises when you see your bill. Travel abroad and you may not have any access to health care services at all without a plan or paying up-front.

Travelling without proper health coverage can be an expensive mistake. Read HelloSafe's complete guide to travel insurance to learn more.

8 comments on "Is GMS health insurance the best for you?"
Audrey mayne, on 2022-05-09

My husband was in hospital from March 27th to May 3rd. We are both insured through GMS. I visited him every day and paid $5/day for parking. Is this covered?

Our expert
Gaulthier, on 2022-05-09

Hi Audrey,
You can start by reading your insurance policy contract to find information about this specific coverage. If you don't find the answers you need, don't hesitate to directly contact GMS.

Have a nice day,
The HelloSafe team

Shannon kemp, on 2022-02-25

Does GMS cover neurologist services

Our expert
Gaulthier, on 2022-02-25

Hi Shannon,
Unfortunately no, GMS does not cover neurologist services.

Have a nice day,
The HelloSafe Team

Elaine wolbaum, on 2022-02-24

Good evening Does GMS cover Nautropathic services.

Our expert
Gaulthier, on 2022-02-24

Hi Elaine,
Yes, GMS covers naturopathic services.
The amount covered differs depending on the plan : 70% up to 250 $ for the Basic Plan, 80% up to 350 $ for the ExtendaPlan, and 90% up to 300 $ for the OmniPlan.

Have a nice day,
The HelloSafe team

Delmer weber, on 2022-02-15

If I enrolled in a dental plan could I pay six months instead of a year all at once?

Our expert
Gaulthier, on 2022-02-16

Hi Delmer,
Please contact GMS directly to discuss your payment options.

Have a nice day,
The HelloSafe team

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