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Resources for Finding a New Doctor

It can be hard to find a new family doctor, especially if there’s a shortage of physicians in your area. Here are a few things you can try:

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Health Care Connect

This Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) program matches people who don’t have a regular family health care provider with physicians and nurse practitioners in their community who are accepting new patients. To register for the Health Care Connect program, call 1-800-445-1822, or visit the MOHLTC website for more information.

Your local hospital

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

Community Health Centres

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