Finding a Family Doctor

Finding a Family Doctor
A family doctor can also be referred to as a general practitioner or family physician. Family doctors are usually the first doctors to diagnose and treat most medical problems. If you need to see a specialist doctor, your family doctor must refer you.

There are a number of ways to find a family doctor in Ontario:


  • Speak with one of our counselors who will be able to find you a doctor

  • Talk to family and friends, and ask if their doctor is accepting new patients

  • Register with Health Care Connect. They will refer you to a family doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients. (Note: you must have OHIP in order to be eligible for this service.) To register, call: 1-800-445-1822.

  • Use the Doctor Search Service: call 416-967-2626

  • Check the Yellow Pages or your local hospital

  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario will help you search a doctor.

Even if you do not have a family doctor, there are many ways to get medical assistance:


  • In emergencies, go to the Emergency Unit at the nearest hospital or call 911

  • Go to a walk-in clinic (but be prepared to wait for the doctor to see you)

  • You may be eligible to use a Community Health Centre even if you do not have OHIP

  • Call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. A nurse will answer your questions about health concerns or symptoms, and advise you as to what steps you should take. You may have to wait on the line before a nurse answers your call.