Health Coverage

Good foot health care is worth it

Podiatrists (Doctors of Podiatric Medicine) often see initial symptoms of arthritis, diabetes, nerve, and circulatory disorders in the foot as well as treat more common ailments such as broken bones, corns, calluses, toenail problems, bunions, arch disorders and toe/joint deformities. The cost of a regular podiatric visit is well worth the benefits. Good foot health is vital to mobility, independence, and maintaining and enjoying an active lifestyle.

Extended Health Coverage

Employer-funded extended health insurance plans cover podiatric services. Be sure to check with your plan administrator to determine your coverage.

Patients may also be covered through Veterans Affairs Canada, Workers' Compensation Board or ICBC, if applicable.

First Nations and Inuit people may be covered for orthotic devices and custom footwear through
Health Canada.

Medical Services Plan (MSP)

Some surgical podiatry services are partially subsidized for all British Columbians under MSP.

Assistance for Lower Incomes

MSP also subsidizes a combined limit of up to 10 visits for non-surgical podiatric services in a calendar year to beneficiaries on "premium assistance." Premium assistance is available for individuals or families with lower incomes. Eligibility is based on individual or family net income for the previous two tax years, less deductions for age, family size and disability. If the resulting amount - referred to as "adjusted net income" - is $24,000 or less, a premium subsidy is available. For more information, please go to the MSP web site at:

or telephone:
Vancouver: 604-683-7151
Victoria: 250-386-7171
Elsewhere in B.C.: 1-800-663-7100

B.C.'s Ministry of Human Resources will provide custom-made orthoses to people on income assistance, if the device is medically necessary.