How to get a doctor in Manitoba

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Once you have your health card, find a family doctor. They can help you with simple health needs for you and your family. If you need to see a different type of doctor, they can help you find the right one.

How to get a doctor

There are two ways to find a doctor. You can search for one by yourself. Or, you can use the Family Doctor Finder service.

Ask your friends or neighbours to recommend a doctor. Then, call the doctor’s office and ask if they are taking new patients. To find clinics near you, go to the 211 Manitoba directory.

  • Put your zip code or address.
  • For keywords, use “family doctor.”
  • Click the “Search” button.
  • You will see a list of health centers that are near you.
  • Contact the centers. Let them know you need a doctor. They will recommend a doctor if there are any available.

You can also use the Family Doctor Finder. You can sign up by phone or online. To use this service, you have to tell them some things about yourself and what you like.

Sign up using your phone if:

  • You are younger than 16 years old;
  • You are part of a big group or family with more than 12 people, or if your registration request is complicated;
  • You already applied before and your application is still being looked at; or
  • You don’t have a Manitoba Personal Health Information Number (PHIN). This is a number that identifies you in the healthcare system.

After you sign up, they will let you know if there is a doctor close by. They will contact you and give you the details within 30 days.

If you don’t have a doctor or your doctor is busy, you can go to Quickcare or Walk-in clinics. These clinics can help you or your family member when you need medical assistance.

Here are some options:

There are different types of medical professionals who can help with small health problems. They are called nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and registered nurses.

If you have questions about your health, you can call Health Links-Info Sante. They can answer your questions or provide advice.

If you live in Winnipeg or Brandon, you can go to the ACCESS Centres. They offer help with health and social needs. You can find more health care options on the MB Primary Care services page.

 
Article updated March 20, 2024.

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Community Resources

Read about Health Care options for Manitoban families.

Nervous about a doctor’s appointment? Read Preparing for a doctor’s appointment to help you.

It’s good to have a good relationship with your family doctor. Learn about your rights as a patient by clicking on this link: know your rights as a patient. You have the right to make choices about your health care. Knowing more can help you make better decisions.

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