benefitsASSOCIUM Benefits - Trends in Drug Claims
Find out which medications were being claimed in 2018

Although it differs from one employee group to another, there are definite common claiming patterns among ASSOCIUM Benefits clients, and the general population. Knowing those patterns and taking steps to reduce their impact on costs are part of good plan management. 

Overall plan spending on prescription drugs increased nominally from 2017 to 2018 within the ASSOCIUM block, by approximately 2.5%. Once again, spend was dominated by specialty drugs, which now accounts for over 31% of the total spend. This trend shows no signs of slowing down, with specialty drugs representing a majority of new drugs in the development and approval stages. The good news is, our Specialty Drug program has helped reduce the impact on ASSOCIUM clients.

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What to Look for in a Shipping Service

The right shipping service for you depends on one thing; how much easier it makes your life. In today's information age, we want everything faster. So why take exception when it comes to sending parcels?

TNO-The Neighbourhood Organization is hosting the third annual Flavours of Thorncliffe on June 13 from 6:30 - 9:00 PM at All Canadian Self-Storage, 1 Laird Drive. Come and enjoy an evening of diverse and delicious food from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Local caterers from Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park will prepare the food.  

Proceeds from the event will fund youth programs: TNO summer camps and TNO hockey programs. Angela James, Canadian Women's Hockey Gold Medallist and one of the first women to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, will be a guest of honour. There will be a Silent Auction and the Flavours of Thorncliffe cookbook ($20.00) will be available for purchase. 

Please add the annual ASSOCIUM Charity Golf Tournament to your calendar!

When: Thursday August 15, 2019
Where: Deer Creek Golf Club, Ajax, Ontario
Come on out for a fabulous day of golf with lunch and dinner to help raise money for charity. 

Watch your inbox next week for your official invite!
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There is increasing evidence to suggest cannabis has a role in alleviating pain. Cannabis can either substitute or decrease the frequency of opioid and illicit drug use. Medical cannabis programs are associated with a decrease in use of opioids and associated morbidity and mortality.

Increasing access to medical and recreational cannabis has significant positive impacts on public health and safety. Cannabis is associated with less adverse side effects, better symptom management and is a safer option than opioids due to its lack of ability in causing respiratory depression.

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Since 1984, ASSOCIUM Consultants continues to lead the industry in specialized human resource services, organizational development and provides HR expertise across a broad range of services.
We're unique in the marketplace providing innovative and customized Advisor services: Managing General Agent , Third Party Administrator, Claims Adjudication, Specialty Drug Management / Preferred Pharmacy Network and Human Resources Consulting.

ASSOCIUM Benefits 

Our employee group benefits division, being in business since 1997, gives us the experience to provide customized alternative plans and reduce administrative costs for our clients, while quoting sustainable rates at start up - and at renewal.  

Our procurement services division launched in 1996 as an added source of assistance to the not-for-profit sector ( GAIN). Recently this service has been expanded to include private small business under the Advantage banner. Our goal is to help your organization access preferred pricing for products and services as well as resolve any purchasing issues you may encounter.
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