How to get a doctor in Manitoba

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After you get your health card, you’re 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.

How to get a doctor

You can research and look for primary health care providers on your own or register with the Family Doctor Finder.

On your own
While using the Family Doctor Finder is easy, it can also take time as it will depend on the availability of health care providers in your area as well as your preferences. To explore on your own, you can start by asking your neighbours and friends for recommendations or use the 211 Manitoba directory. Click on the “Health” icon, write down your zip code and click on the box before “Primary Care/Family Doctors”. It will give you a list of health centres near you. Contact them and ask if they have doctors who are accepting patients. You should also inform them if you have specific preferences. For example, you’d like a female doctor, or for service to be provided in your language. They will recommend if there is a doctor available that meets your specifications. They may also ask you if you would like to set an appointment for the initial meeting.

Family Doctor Finder
You can register with the Family Doctor Finder by phone or online. You will be asked to provide personal information and your preferences. However, you will need to register by phone if:

  • You are under the age of 16, a group/family of more than 12 people, or feel your registration request may be more complex;
  • You previously registered with the program, and your application may still be active; or
  • If you do not have a Manitoba Personal Health Information Number (PHIN).

Staff will work on getting you connected with a home clinic in your area that fits your needs.

Quickcare/Walk-in clinics
If you or any of your family members need non-emergency medical help and you don’t have a family doctor yet, you may go to Quickcare or Walk-in clinics in Steinbach and Selkirk. If you’re in Winnipeg, you can choose between Walk-in Connected Care clinics or Walk-in clinics. These clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners, physician assistants and registered nurses who can diagnose and treat minor health issues.

If you have a health question, call Health Links-Info Sante. They can provide information or help you find the appropriate care that you need.

Another option are ACCESS Centres, which may be found in Winnipeg and Brandon. They 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 that needs extensive treatment, or 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 to provide complete medical records so that they can have a solid understanding of your health. For example, have a record of vaccinations or immunizations if you have young children. This way, your doctor can prescribe the best health options or medical care for you and your family.

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. 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. It helps to be informed.

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Community Resources

Here are Health Care options for Manitoban families to know more about your choices.

Download patient safety brochures in your language from the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety. Watch videos about various aspects of patient safety on their resources page.

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

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