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Hello everyone,

I've inherited my mother's bunions, and I've known for a long time that one day I would need to have the surgery. In the last few years the bunion on my left foot has gotten much worse. I've been finding it difficult to find shoes that won't hurt (especially summer shoes), and I'm in pain most days, no matter how comfortable my shoes are supposed to be. So I decided to pick up the phone and try to take the first step...

Last week, I called the office of a podiatrist who specializes in minimally-invasive bunion surgery - the website explicitly stated there was no need for a referral - only to find out that the surgery would cost 4500$ per foot, and that if I wanted the surgery to be covered by Ohip, I would need my doctor to refer me to a podiatric surgeon. The receptionist also added that unlike other podiatrists, the minimally-invasive procedure would spare me the screws and crutches, and would also cause less pain and lead to an easier recovery...
I'm not sure I believe that Ohip coverage necessarily means that you don't get the cutting edge minimally invasive techniques, no?

I really don't know what to expect concerning a number of things.

Most importantly, I am a graduate student from France, and am covered under Uhip - which is the same coverage as Ohip and presumably covers surgery as well. Also, my spouse has great insurance through his work for fees having to do with hospitalization.
I just worry that I would be denied the surgery on the grounds that I am not a Canadian citizen. I wonder whether anyone can let me know whether they've had to pay for a portion of their bunion surgery or if it was all covered by the insurance.
I've lived in Canada for almost 7 years now, and have no coverage in France anymore since I am no longer considered a resident there (I only go to visit my family once a year, and have no working / student status there anymore). Stupidly, I've been putting off applying to become a permanent resident, although my spouse and I have been in a committed relationship for 5 years and have been common-law partners for 4 years. I just knew I would apply, but there was no urgent reason for me to do so. Now I wonder if this will hold me back for having this surgery.

Anyhow, I will stop the rambling now...I would really appreciate it if anyone would be able to share any information they have on Ohip coverage and bunion surgery. Is there a scale whereby this surgery can be considered not absolutely necessary yet - ie, depending on how big the toe joint has gotten, etc?

Thank you very much for reading this post, and I hope to hear from some of you out there!

All the best,

Lifwynn (Old English word meaning 'enjoyment of life')

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