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:
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.
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.