How to get a doctor in Manitoba

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After you get your health card, you’re now all set to choose a family doctor. Your family doctor is your gateway to health services in Manitoba, both for primary care and for special care.

Register with the Family Doctor Finder

The first step to finding a family doctor is to register by phone (204-786-7111, in Winnipeg or 1-866-690-8260 toll- free) or online with the Family Doctor Finder. You will be asked to provide basic information, your preferred location and whether you would like a doctor or nurse practitioner. If you are registering more than one person or anyone under the age of 16, you will need to register by phone. After registering, you will be given a number and a Primary Care Connector will find you a doctor. The program’s goal is to get you connected to a doctor within 30 days of registering, but it may take a bit longer depending on the availability of providers in your requested area and/or demand of this service.

If you or any of your family member needs to seek medical help during this period, you may go to Quickcare clinics in Winnipeg, Steinbach, and Selkirk. You can also call Health Links-Info Sante at 204-788-8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257. Quickcare clinics are staffed by registered nurses and nurse practitioners who can diagnose and treat minor health issues. You can come in with or without an appointment. Another option are ACCESS Centres, which may be found in Winnipeg and Brandon. These centres offer a wide range of health and social services.

Doctor’s services

Your Manitoba Health Care coverage pays for insured services provided by doctors in their office, clinic, hospital, or in your home. These range from routine check-ups to emergency care, and care while you are in a hospital. Your family doctor can also refer you to a specialist for any condition or injury you may have; he or she can also order medically necessary surgery anesthesia, X-rays and other laboratory services when needed.

Your family doctor is your best ally in keeping your family and yourself healthy. Make sure that he or she has your complete medical records in order to establish a solid understanding of your health. If you have young children, having a record of their vaccinations or immunizations is important (it is also required for children when enrolling in school). This way, your family doctor can best prescribe the best health options or medical care that you need. To maximize your time during a doctor’s appointment, you should prepare. Read Preparing for a doctor’s appointment or watch this video from morethanmedication.ca:

Building a good relationship with your family doctor is a good policy to have. And while we regard our doctors as experts, it is important that you also know your rights as a patient in order to make the most of this relationship. Remember that ultimately, you have the right to make decisions about your health care, and that it helps to be informed.

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Community Resources

Go to MyRightCare.ca to find links to the appropriate health care service that you need.

You can download various resources developed by the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety in your language and watch videos to inform you about various aspects of patient safety on their resources page.

Read about the Personal Health Information Act to know your access and privacy rights regarding your personal health information.

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