Settlement.org logo

Register
Lost password
 

HomeFinding a Doctor or other health care professional

Finding a doctor or dentist or other health care professional...

How to find a general physician-family doctor 

abeethaa
abeethaa
Posts: 1


Posted On: 5/3/2023
abeethaa
abeethaa
Posts: 1
Hello, I have ohip card. How can I find a family doctor? What is the process? Should I walk-in to the nearest clinic accepting patients and enquire?
link
Moderator
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 4057


Posted On: 5/11/2023
Moderator
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 4057
Hi there,

Thank you for sharing your question and situation with us.

If you are searching for a new family doctor, you may also find helpful information on the Government of Ontario's website on finding a referral for a doctor near you, here is an excerpt:

Find a family doctor or nurse practitioner
A family doctor or nurse practitioner is your primary health care provider – meaning they are the person you make an appointment with when you have a new, non-emergency health concern. You can learn more about their services below.
Visits to a doctor or nurse practitioner are publicly funded – meaning you don’t have to pay.
Here are two options to find a family doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients:
  • Register with our Health Care Connect service and have a nurse find a doctor or nurse practitioner for you.
  • Use The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s Find a Doctor search.
  • choose “Advanced Search” to find a doctor near you (by city/town or postal code)
  • click on “Additional Search Options” to narrow your search (to family doctors and/or language spoken)
  • contact the doctor to check if they are accepting new patients



  • If you find that the wait for a family physician is too long, you may want to visit a walk-in clinic for a referral from a family physician there. You can also call the Toronto Public Health Unit at 416-338-7600 for information or support in accessing care. As well as, Telehealth Ontario, which is a free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Assistance is available in more than 300 languages. When you call Telehealth, tell them what language you speak and you will be connected to an interpreter.

    • Toll-free: 1-866-797-0000
    • Toll-free TTY: 1-866-797-0007


    You may also find helpful information in the Settlement.Org article, How can I find a family doctor? and How do I choose a family doctor?
    We hope this is helpful, please follow up with us if you have any further questions.


    Sincerely,


    Your Settlement.Org team
    link