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.

Supplementary Benefits

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