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Your Right to Breast Reconstruction

Due to the incredible impact that breast reconstruction can have on quality of life and body image for breast cancer survivors, the procedure is covered by most provincial and territorial health insurance plans, however the amount and type of coverage varies across Canada. It's best to check with your provincial and/or private health insurance plan to learn more about what's covered.

If you only had a mastectomy on one breast, your insurance can often extend to cover any procedures on the other breast (or contralateral breast) – including shaping and nipple reconstruction – so you can achieve symmetry.


What Your Coverage Includes

Depending on your provincial/territorial health plan, and if you have medical insurance through a private provider, you may be required to cover some of the costs associate with your breast reconstruction procedure.

These costs could include surgical expenses such as:

  • The cost of the breast implant product you select
  • Hospital or surgical facility fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Medical tests and other miscellaneous costs