Do I need to leave my family doctor to look for a new one?


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  1. Amy

    I just don’t want to be under medical care how do I go about that

  2. Richard Zwski

    this article is all well and fine but it doesn’t address how do you go about firing (severing) your relationship entirely with the family Dr. In my case my family Dr i saw a grand total of 3x including “the meet and greet”. the last time was the proverbial straw that the broke the camels back when she didn’t bother looking at my health records (but kept asking me questions about my health/ medical diagnosis dating back over 10 yrs.,) where all her questions could be answered, made me wait 20 minutes into my appointment ( I was the 1st client of the day), and then threaten to pull my D/L).
    Is stating that I will not be coming back verbally sufficient ( as that is what I did).

    • Marion

      Sandy, Yes, I agree the article seems a bit complicated if you have to get a new doctor. My doctor retired a few months ago, and I don’t like the idea about the Ont. government rule about if they suggest a new doctor to you, that you have to give up your old doctor first. They also say you can keep the new doctor (if you want to get another doctor) but you can only go to them in an emergency or tell the first doctor to take you off their list.

  3. Shreya Mandal

    I live in Winnipeg I have one family doctor but I want to switch to another one what is the procedure

  4. Zhen Jane

    My family doctor diagnosed I had a rib pain when I went to see her for a digestive issue.
    What can come out worse than that?

  5. Marion

    I read the above article. My doctor of many years retired in August,2016 which I knew 2 or 3 months in advance, but I was not able to look for a new doctor as I had a death in my family and also I was ill. I have found a new doctor in a clinic type of practice, but have not been there many times and don’t know yet doctor if will suit me and vice versa. Because of the Ontario rules mentioned above, I can’t get another doctor till I tell the new doctor till I find another new doctor. I don’t know if the setup at the new doctor would suit me, as it’s more of a training group practice for medical interns, nurses, etc. I I don’t like the idea that I should have to give up the new doctor before getting another new doctor. It would be more fair to people like me to find a new doctor suited to me and vice versa BEFORE giving up the new doctor who I would like to know better to see if I want to continue on with them. I am also not in favour of possibly leaving a new doctor on the basis of going to the first new doctor just in emergencies. Things should be set up that I can try a new doctor if I don’t want to stay with my present new doctor, and still should be able to go to my present new doctor any time, not just for emergencies. Since I am the patient, I should be able to have more choice of what doctor I want to have, and not have to tell the doctor I am currently listed with, to take me off their list, and I can only see them if its emergency.
    I should be able to get the Ont. govt. to suggest a new doctor(s) who I can check out before leaving the doctor I have at present time. I don’t like the Ont. govt. arrangement about not being able to get new doctors, before giving up the doctor I presently have. It should be my choice. The Ont. govt. should allow people looking for a new doctor, more flexibility. It’s already stressful enough trying to find a new doctor who you have to start over with. It’s a very personal thing, and you have to find the doctor who suits you. These are just my opinions. Thanks.
    P,S. I notice the date on your article is in 2014. maybe you won’t even see this email I am sending.

  6. Joe fisher

    My doctor falls asleep when I am talking to him either is he getting too old or overworked or I’m boring. He help me get surgery on my knee, after the surgery. I went to see him just to fill them in our I doing . his answer was when did you have surgery

  7. K. Harding

    My mother will be moving in a month from another city in Ontario into a retirement residence in my city (about an hour and a quarter’s drive away from her current home). We were originally told the residence had a doctor who would take her on but we have just found out he is no longer taking new patients; my own family doctor is not taking new patients either, and I don’t know of any other doctors taking new patients without the Health Care Connect contact. My mother has a doctor where she lives now, but needs a doctor here so she won’t have to be driven back and forth when sick. What can we do to get her a doctor here?

  8. Darlene Heaslip

    I’ve talked to my doctor who has just retired. When I go to health connect it tells me I must deregister from his practice before I can sign up. How do I do this?

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