Family Doctor


Nessie
on Feb 17, 2009 @ 01:57 pm

I have come to the conclusion that I need a family doctor. But how does one go about finding one and actually getting in? I was sick so much last year but did nothing about it because I had nowhere to go. I have been sick since Christmas and am only now starting to recover, but it has taken endless trips to walk-in clinics, only to hear they couldn't do anything for me. They give you 3 minutes of time to tell them what ails you, informs you that you have a cold and to get some rest, and send you on your way. I have NEVER had a cold that lasted more than a week, so being sick for 2 months is very strange. I just want someone who is familiar with my medical history and will believe me next time I say I have had a fever for a month. I live in a city with a huge medical university, and yet there is still a shortage of doctors.

Anyone know how to get a doctor in Ontario? Is there a waiting list I need to be on?
 


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MizzRobin
LADY! on Feb 17, 2009 @ 04:35 pm

You're my cousin and know I have the Canada wide list for work....I also have the list for London and ONtario. So call me and I will give you the names and numbers. There are some very close to you....no waiting list required.
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Bubblybunny
online doctor search on Feb 17, 2009 @ 04:41 pm

You can search for doctors in Ontario here: http://www.cpso.on.ca/docsearch/


You can check to see if the doctor is any good here: http://www.ratemds.com/social/?q=node/28882&sid=58

I live in Ontario and there's a shortage of family doctors in my city. I managed to get one a few years ago because she just started at my local clinic and was taking new patients like mad. I've been trying to find my mom a family doctor too but haven't had much luck.

Given my experience with our family doctor, I'd suggest you see the doctor (you are interested in) several times before signing on to be her/his patient. We didn't do that and now we regret it. Our family doctor is nice and she seems knowledgeable, but she's always canceling our appointments with very little notice and no explanations. If we go see her as walk-in patients, then she only gives us 5 min of her time and limits us to only talk about 1-2 things. One time I told her I have 3 things to ask her and she said, "No, honey, I don't have time for 3 things. Pick the 2 most important thing and we'll discuss it now. You can make an appointment to see me to discuss the 3rd thing." She was very insistent about that even though the 3rd thing was so small that it was literally a yes/no question. But when we do make an effort to see her at an appointment, she cancels on us and we have reschedule which is usually another 2-3 weeks wait b/c we can only make it in the evenings. *sigh*

We wanted a family doctor for the same reason you do, someone to know our family history and able to diagnose our problems better. But she doesn't know our family history. In fact, last Monday, I went to see her for a PAP and I told her I'm on mat leave, yadi yadi yada... I went back on Thursday with my mom and she was all surprised that I have a baby. *roll eyes* I don't know what to make of her. As I said, I think she's a good doctor, but at the same time, I'm not very happy with her.
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MizzRobin
Nessie.. on Feb 17, 2009 @ 06:06 pm

...just give me a shout...
you can look online at www.cpso.on.ca
to see if they are listed as accepting new patients but it is not up to date so you frequently have to call to make sure they are in fact taking new patients... as I said, the College of Physicians and Surgeons database is NOT up to date although it is not a bad starting point
this website will also tell you if they have had any complaints against them with the board.

In any case, give me a shout Ness and I will put you in touch with our resources and options in your area.
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Bubblybunny
not up to date on Feb 17, 2009 @ 07:27 pm

Mizzrobin is right! I went on that site to find my baby a pediatrician. I spent a week playing phone tag with the receptionists because they don't answer phones. You have to leave them a message and then they'll call you back. Every doctor I called said they are not taking new patients and they haven't been for a long time, but on the website, they are all listed as accepting new patients.
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