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Finding a primary health-care providerFFinding a primary health-care providerFinding a primary health-care providerEnglishAdolescentTeen (13-18 years)NANASupport, services and resourcesTeen (13-18 years)NA2021-08-16T04:00:00Z11.100000000000047.30000000000001378.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about tips and tricks for finding a primary health-care provider on your own.</p><h2>What is a primary care provider?</h2><p>A primary care provider is a health-care provider who is trained to care for your general health. They can help you manage most aspects of your health care including your physical, mental and emotional health.</p><p>A primary care provider can diagnose and treat acute illness (like an ear infection) and chronic illnesses (like diabetes). They also provide routine health screenings and counselling on lifestyle changes including recommendations for changing your diet and exercise routines.</p><p>Much of a primary care provider’s job is to help prevent health issues before they happen. This is why it is important to see the same provider consistently so that they can get to know your health history and make more informed health recommendations for you. Part of a primary care provider’s job is also to refer you to a specialist if you need specific health care that requires more specialized attention.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>A primary care provider is a health-care practitioner who can help you manage most aspects of your health care.</li><li>Most provinces and territories in Canada have a health navigation services that can help you in your search for your own primary care provider.</li><li>If you cannot find a primary care provider, it can be helpful to attend the same walk-in clinic each time you need to see a doctor.</li></ul><h2>Health services resources</h2><h3>British Columbia</h3><p><a href="https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/services-and-resources/find-services">HealthLinkBC Directory</a><br> Listings of health services in British Columbia, including walk-in clinics, emergency rooms, hospitals, mental health programs, home care programs, pharmacy services, laboratory services, and more.</p><p><a href="https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/services-and-resources/about-8-1-1">HealthLinkBC 8-1-1</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A toll-free number where a health service navigator can help you find health information and services; or connect you directly with a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, a qualified exercise professional, or a pharmacist.</p><h3>Alberta</h3><p><a href="https://albertafindadoctor.ca/">Find a Family Doctor</a><br> A search tool provided by Primary Care Networks that lists the family doctors practicing in Alberta.</p><p><a href="https://search.cpsa.ca/physiciansearch">Find a Physician</a><br> A search tool provided by The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta that lists the practicing physicians in in your area.</p><p><a href="https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/healthinfo/link/index.html">HealthLink Alberta 8-1-1</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A toll-free number where a registered nurse can provide 24/7 quick and easy health-care advice.</p><h3>Saskatchewan</h3><p><a href="https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/your-health/providers-accepting-patients">The Saskatchewan Health Authority</a><br> A list of regions in the province where doctors are accepting new patients.</p><p><a href="https://www.cps.sk.ca/imis/">Physician Search</a><br> A search tool provided by The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan that lists the practicing physicians in in your area.</p><p><a href="https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/your-health/conditions-diseases-services/healthline-8-1-1">HealthLine 8-1-1</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A toll-free number for 24/7 professional health or mental health and addictions advice, education and support.</p><h3>Manitoba</h3><p><a href="https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/familydoctorfinder/">Family Doctor Finder</a><br> A tool where patients can register online or by phone to get connected with a clinic in their area.</p><p><a href="https://misericordia.mb.ca/programs/phcc/health-links-info-sante/">Health Links – Info Santé</a><br> Phone: 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257<br> A phone-based, bilingual nursing triage system where a registered nurse can provide 24/7 health-care advice.</p><h3>Ontario</h3><p><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/find-family-doctor-or-nurse-practitioner">Health Care Connect</a><br> A registration service that finds you a doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients in your community.</p><p><a href="https://doctors.cpso.on.ca/?search=general">Doctor Search</a><br> A search tool provided by The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario that lists the practicing physicians in in your area.</p><p><a href="https://www.ontariodoctordirectory.ca/index.html">Ontario Doctor Directory</a><br> An independently run online provincial directory of doctors.</p><p><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-medical-advice-telehealth-ontario">Telehealth Ontario</a><br> Phone: 1-866-797-0000<br> A free 24-hour phone service that provides access to a registered nurse for health advice or information.</p><h3>Quebec</h3><p><a href="https://www4.prod.ramq.gouv.qc.ca/GRL/LM_GuichAccesMdFamCitoy/en">Québec Family Doctor Finder</a><br> A provincial waitlist where patients can register to find a family doctor.Find out how to register by phone <a href="https://sante.gouv.qc.ca/en/votre-gaco/">here</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/finding-a-resource/info-sante-811">Info-Santé 811</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A free and confidential telephone consultation service where nurses evaluate your health situation and give advice based on your condition.</p><h3>New Brunswick</h3><p><a href="https://www.pxw1.snb.ca/snb9000/product.aspx?productid=A001P351710a&l=e">Patient Connect NB</a><br> A registry that matches New Brunswick residents with a primary health-care provider, either a family doctor or nurse practitioner.</p><p><a href="https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.8995.Tele-Care.html">Tele-Care</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A free, bilingual and confidential telephone service where registered nurses provide telephone triage and information for non-urgent health concerns.</p><h3>Nova Scotia</h3><p><a href="https://needafamilypractice.nshealth.ca/">Need a Family Practice Registry</a><br> A provincial list for people without a family doctor or nurse practitioner.</p><p><a href="https://811.novascotia.ca/">811 Nova Scotia</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A free telephone service where registered nurses provide advice on a broad range of everyday health concerns.</p><h3>Prince Edward Island</h3><p><a href="https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-pei/patient-registry-program">Patient Registry Program</a><br> A program that helps connect Islanders to a family doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients.</p><p><a href="https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/811-telehealth">811 Telehealth</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A free telephone service where registered nurses provide non-emergency health information.</p><h3>Newfoundland and Labrador</h3><p><a href="https://findadoctornl.ca/">Find a Doctor NF</a><br> A search tool where patients can find a family doctor in their area that is taking new patients.</p><p><a href="https://www.811healthline.ca/">811 HealthLine</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A confidential and free telephone line where registered nurses provide advice on everyday health concerns.</p><h3>Yukon</h3><p><a href="https://ihs.gov.yk.ca/find-a-family-doctor/f?p=100:1::::::">Find a family doctor</a><br> A service that connects Yukoners with a family doctor who is accepting new patients.</p><p><a href="https://yukon.ca/en/811">811 HealthLine</a><br> A free telephone line where registered nurses can answer your health questions or direct you to someone in your community who can help you.</p><h3>Northwest Territories</h3><p><a href="https://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/en/services/nwt-healthnet/telehealth">Telehealth</a><br> Phone: 1-867-767-9054<br> A service that connects patients in their home communities with health care providers in other locations through secure video conferencing.</p><h3>Nunavut</h3><p><a href="https://gov.nu.ca/health/information/health-centres#2381">Health Facilities Map</a><br> An interactive map where patients can find a list of health-care centres and services.</p>

 

 

 

 

Finding a primary health-care provider3978.00000000000Finding a primary health-care providerFinding a primary health-care providerFEnglishAdolescentTeen (13-18 years)NANASupport, services and resourcesTeen (13-18 years)NA2021-08-16T04:00:00Z11.100000000000047.30000000000001378.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about tips and tricks for finding a primary health-care provider on your own.</p><h2>What is a primary care provider?</h2><p>A primary care provider is a health-care provider who is trained to care for your general health. They can help you manage most aspects of your health care including your physical, mental and emotional health.</p><p>A primary care provider can diagnose and treat acute illness (like an ear infection) and chronic illnesses (like diabetes). They also provide routine health screenings and counselling on lifestyle changes including recommendations for changing your diet and exercise routines.</p><p>Much of a primary care provider’s job is to help prevent health issues before they happen. This is why it is important to see the same provider consistently so that they can get to know your health history and make more informed health recommendations for you. Part of a primary care provider’s job is also to refer you to a specialist if you need specific health care that requires more specialized attention.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>A primary care provider is a health-care practitioner who can help you manage most aspects of your health care.</li><li>Most provinces and territories in Canada have a health navigation services that can help you in your search for your own primary care provider.</li><li>If you cannot find a primary care provider, it can be helpful to attend the same walk-in clinic each time you need to see a doctor.</li></ul><h2>Finding a primary care provider</h2><p>It is important to have a primary care provider to help manage your routine health care, especially as you become more independent. However, finding a primary care provider in Canada can be difficult, particularly if you live in a remote area. If you do not have a primary care provider, below are some tips on how to find one:</p><ol><li>Register with the health navigation service in your province or territory. These services can refer you to a local doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients. <em>See the resources section below for a list of programs and how to register.</em></li><li>Ask a family member, friend or neighbour if they know of a primary care provider who is accepting new patients. You can also reach out to your social media networks for recommendations.</li><li>Look up local health-care providers’ offices in your area and call them directly to ask if they are taking new patients.</li><li>Check local advertisements in the newspaper and online for new doctors or nurse practitioners in your area.</li><li>If you are already seeing a specialist, ask if they can help connect you with a primary care provider.</li><li>The College of Physicians and Surgeons website for your province may have a “Find a Physician” database that you can search by specialty, physician’s name, city or postal code.</li><li>Call your local hospitals and ask if they have a family practice unit. If not, they may be able to direct you to a community health centre or clinics and practices that are accepting new patients.</li><li>If you are a new immigrant to Canada, call your local settlement agency and ask if they have a list of health-care practitioners who are accepting new patients or who speak your language.</li><li>Contact a family-medicine teaching hospital, where you can be seen by medical residents who are training to become family physicians. If any of the residents decide to open their own practices, they may take you on board as a new patient.</li><li>In the month of July, search university websites that publish lists of graduating family physicians who might be opening their own practices.</li></ol><p>If you cannot find a primary care provider, it is recommended that you go to the same walk-in clinic each time you need to see a health-care provider. The clinic will keep a record of your visits, prescriptions and health concerns, which will help inform any new providers of your health history during your appointments. You can also contact your province or territory’s free telehealth provider for any health-care inquiries you might have.</p><p>For more information on what to expect when receiving adult care, and how to prepare for taking charge of your own care, see <a href="https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3916&language=English">Transitioning to adult care</a>.</p><h2>Can my parents help me find a primary health-care provider?</h2><p>Your parents or guardian can also use these helpful tips to find a primary health-care provider for you and your family. Share <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3981&language=English">Finding a primary health-care provider</a> from <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/">AboutKidsHealth</a> with them.<br></p><h2>We want to hear from you!</h2><p>AboutKidsHealth is trying to improve the information and education we provide young people (aged 12-18) and families through our website. Please take 5 minutes to complete our <a class="redcap-survey" href="https://surveys.sickkids.ca/surveys/?s=XHD3EK3XD4">Adolsecent Health Learning Hub survey</a>.</p><h2>Health services resources</h2><h3>British Columbia</h3><p><a href="https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/services-and-resources/find-services">HealthLinkBC Directory</a><br> Listings of health services in British Columbia, including walk-in clinics, emergency rooms, hospitals, mental health programs, home care programs, pharmacy services, laboratory services, and more.</p><p><a href="https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/services-and-resources/about-8-1-1">HealthLinkBC 8-1-1</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A toll-free number where a health service navigator can help you find health information and services; or connect you directly with a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, a qualified exercise professional, or a pharmacist.</p><h3>Alberta</h3><p><a href="https://albertafindadoctor.ca/">Find a Family Doctor</a><br> A search tool provided by Primary Care Networks that lists the family doctors practicing in Alberta.</p><p><a href="https://search.cpsa.ca/physiciansearch">Find a Physician</a><br> A search tool provided by The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta that lists the practicing physicians in in your area.</p><p><a href="https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/healthinfo/link/index.html">HealthLink Alberta 8-1-1</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A toll-free number where a registered nurse can provide 24/7 quick and easy health-care advice.</p><h3>Saskatchewan</h3><p><a href="https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/your-health/providers-accepting-patients">The Saskatchewan Health Authority</a><br> A list of regions in the province where doctors are accepting new patients.</p><p><a href="https://www.cps.sk.ca/imis/">Physician Search</a><br> A search tool provided by The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan that lists the practicing physicians in in your area.</p><p><a href="https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/your-health/conditions-diseases-services/healthline-8-1-1">HealthLine 8-1-1</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A toll-free number for 24/7 professional health or mental health and addictions advice, education and support.</p><h3>Manitoba</h3><p><a href="https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/familydoctorfinder/">Family Doctor Finder</a><br> A tool where patients can register online or by phone to get connected with a clinic in their area.</p><p><a href="https://misericordia.mb.ca/programs/phcc/health-links-info-sante/">Health Links – Info Santé</a><br> Phone: 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257<br> A phone-based, bilingual nursing triage system where a registered nurse can provide 24/7 health-care advice.</p><h3>Ontario</h3><p><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/find-family-doctor-or-nurse-practitioner">Health Care Connect</a><br> A registration service that finds you a doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients in your community.</p><p><a href="https://doctors.cpso.on.ca/?search=general">Doctor Search</a><br> A search tool provided by The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario that lists the practicing physicians in in your area.</p><p><a href="https://www.ontariodoctordirectory.ca/index.html">Ontario Doctor Directory</a><br> An independently run online provincial directory of doctors.</p><p><a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-medical-advice-telehealth-ontario">Telehealth Ontario</a><br> Phone: 1-866-797-0000<br> A free 24-hour phone service that provides access to a registered nurse for health advice or information.</p><h3>Quebec</h3><p><a href="https://www4.prod.ramq.gouv.qc.ca/GRL/LM_GuichAccesMdFamCitoy/en">Québec Family Doctor Finder</a><br> A provincial waitlist where patients can register to find a family doctor.Find out how to register by phone <a href="https://sante.gouv.qc.ca/en/votre-gaco/">here</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/finding-a-resource/info-sante-811">Info-Santé 811</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A free and confidential telephone consultation service where nurses evaluate your health situation and give advice based on your condition.</p><h3>New Brunswick</h3><p><a href="https://www.pxw1.snb.ca/snb9000/product.aspx?productid=A001P351710a&l=e">Patient Connect NB</a><br> A registry that matches New Brunswick residents with a primary health-care provider, either a family doctor or nurse practitioner.</p><p><a href="https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.8995.Tele-Care.html">Tele-Care</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A free, bilingual and confidential telephone service where registered nurses provide telephone triage and information for non-urgent health concerns.</p><h3>Nova Scotia</h3><p><a href="https://needafamilypractice.nshealth.ca/">Need a Family Practice Registry</a><br> A provincial list for people without a family doctor or nurse practitioner.</p><p><a href="https://811.novascotia.ca/">811 Nova Scotia</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A free telephone service where registered nurses provide advice on a broad range of everyday health concerns.</p><h3>Prince Edward Island</h3><p><a href="https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-pei/patient-registry-program">Patient Registry Program</a><br> A program that helps connect Islanders to a family doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients.</p><p><a href="https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/811-telehealth">811 Telehealth</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A free telephone service where registered nurses provide non-emergency health information.</p><h3>Newfoundland and Labrador</h3><p><a href="https://findadoctornl.ca/">Find a Doctor NF</a><br> A search tool where patients can find a family doctor in their area that is taking new patients.</p><p><a href="https://www.811healthline.ca/">811 HealthLine</a><br> Phone: 811<br> A confidential and free telephone line where registered nurses provide advice on everyday health concerns.</p><h3>Yukon</h3><p><a href="https://ihs.gov.yk.ca/find-a-family-doctor/f?p=100:1::::::">Find a family doctor</a><br> A service that connects Yukoners with a family doctor who is accepting new patients.</p><p><a href="https://yukon.ca/en/811">811 HealthLine</a><br> A free telephone line where registered nurses can answer your health questions or direct you to someone in your community who can help you.</p><h3>Northwest Territories</h3><p><a href="https://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/en/services/nwt-healthnet/telehealth">Telehealth</a><br> Phone: 1-867-767-9054<br> A service that connects patients in their home communities with health care providers in other locations through secure video conferencing.</p><h3>Nunavut</h3><p><a href="https://gov.nu.ca/health/information/health-centres#2381">Health Facilities Map</a><br> An interactive map where patients can find a list of health-care centres and services.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/Finding_a_primary-care_provider.jpg