Resources for Finding a New Doctor

It can sometimes be difficult to find a new doctor, particularly if there is a shortage of physicians in your area. If you're trying to find a new doctor, you may wish to try the following strategies:

Health Care Connect

Health Care Connect is a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) program that helps people without a family health care provider find one. They refer people without a regular family health care provider to physicians and nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients in their community. To register for the Health Care Connect program, call 1-800-445-1822, or visit the MOHLTC website for more information.

Local Hospital(s)

Hospitals often know which of their physicians are accepting new patients, and may be able to provide a few contacts.

Community Health Centre(s)

Community health centres are organizations that provide primary health care and prevention programs through physicians and a variety of other health professionals. If you have a local community health centre, it may be taking new patients. Keep in mind that most community health centres only provide services to people who live within their particular community. A list of community health centres in Ontario is available on the MOHLTC’s website.

Local newspapers

Some physicians, including those who are new to an area or who are beginning to establish a practice, will advertise that they are accepting new patients in local publications.