Breast reduction surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures, and for a good reason: too-large breasts can cause serious health problems, although cosmetic reasons, such as wanting a more proportional body, can also factor in wanting a breast reduction done.

Breast Reduction SurgeryThese health problems can include back pain, rashes developing under the breasts, neck pain and even painful impressions from a bra strap that is affixed too tightly.

Overly large breasts also reduce mobility in a woman’s upper body, making it hard for them to participate in certain sports.

As a breast reduction can be necessary to deal with such unwanted medical problems, and there is one possible funding option that is not available for purely cosmetic procedures: funding under Ontario’s public health insurance plan.

OHIP will field requests for funding breast reduction surgery. This is done only on a per-patient basis, when the need for the surgery is to deal with adverse health effects from having large breasts.

Seeking funding involves your doctor submitting a form to OHIP for approval. You will be asked questions regarding how your large breasts are effecting your health and will likely have a physical examination of them for your medical records.

If approved, OHIP will pay for a breast reduction operation that reduces the size of the breasts to deal with the adverse medical symptoms and make sure the patient can obtain a more functional body shape.

The only cost you’ll have to front is the expenses to cover your pain medications, your post-operative dressings, and a variety of sports bras to support your new shape in the weeks following your surgery.

Although OHIP does cover medically necessary OHIP surgeries, it doesn’t cover them 100% of the time. Your doctor will evaluate your physical state and will advise you on your likelihood of being approved.

If, however, your application gets rejected, you can still participate in a breast reduction surgery! It will simply have to be self-funded.