Access to a physician

If you are looking for a specific physician's contact information, you can consult the Directory Find a Physician.

To consult a family doctor, you might try to get an appointment with a doctor working in a medical clinic, CLSC or family medicine group (GMF) in your neighborhood. While many doctors already have a full roster of patients, they may be able to suggest one who could meet with you in the coming weeks.

If this approach is unsuccessful, you may go to a walk-in clinic. These clinics do not give you access to a family doctor, but they generally do receive patients presenting with sudden health problems that require prompt attention and consultation.

Should these first two approaches not produce the expected results, you may then contact the health and social services centre (which includes your local CLSC) closest to your home.

Following amendments to the Act respecting health services and social services (L.R.Q., c-S4-2), the health and social services centres (CSSS) have been entrusted with a populational responsibility to establish one-stop services for vulnerable clienteles and those with no family doctor. Under the terms of an agreement between the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) and the Federation of General Practitioners of Québec (FMOQ), a medical coordinator in a territory must be appointed. His/her main function will be to make the link between one-stop services (integrated care) and physicians.

A liaison nurse will evaluate each request and establish its priority level (P1 to P5). A prioritizing instrument is being prepared and should be standardized for the entire Québec territory.

Under the agreement, financial incentives (hour banks) have been negotiated to encourage physicians to accept new patients.

The Collège is very much aware of the doctor shortage in Québec and the difficulties posed by the situation and is doing its utmost to lessen its effects on the population.


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