Podiatrists examine, treat and prevent foot disorders, as well as communicate a diagnosis that identifies a disease or disorder of the foot, and may also perform bone surgery. There are approximately 60 podiatrists currently practicing in Ontario. A doctor’s referral is not required. Podiatric medicine is not included in the Canada Health Act; OHIP covers between $7-16 of each visit to a registered podiatrist up to $135 per patient per year, plus $30 for x-rays. You will need to pay for the remainder of the cost of each visit. Surgeries performed by podiatrists are not covered by OHIP.
Note: extended health plans (private medical insurance) often provide coverage for podiatric services — check with the individual insurance company plan.
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Ontario Podiatrists Medical Association patient educational resources http://www.opma.ca/Foot-Health-Information