How to get a doctor in Manitoba

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Get a family doctor after you get your health card. Your family doctor can provide primary care for you and your family. They can also connect you with special care when you need it.

(Please note that procedures, wait times, even health care options may have changed during the pandemic. Call the agency or doctor’s office directly to confirm information before going in-person to be safe).

How to get a doctor

You can look for a doctor on your own or register with the Family Doctor Finder.

On your own
Ask your neighbours and friends to suggest a good doctor. You can also use the 211 Manitoba directory to find one. 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 new patients. You can tell them if you would prefer a female doctor, for example, or one who speaks your language. They will recommend one and ask if you would like to set an appointment for the first meeting.

Family Doctor Finder
Register with the Family Doctor Finder by phone or online. You will need to provide personal information and your preferences. 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).

They will contact you when they find a home clinic in your area that fits your needs. They will do their best to connect you within 30 days of registering.

Quickcare/Walk-in clinics
Go to Quickcare or Walk-in clinics if you or a family member needs non-emergency medical help while you don’t have a family doctor yet (or if your family doctor is busy). Check: Steinbach and Selkirk; or Walk-in Connected Care clinics and Walk-in clinics if you’re in Winnipeg. Nurse practitioners, physician assistants and registered nurses check and treat minor health issues.

Call Health Links-Info Sante for health questions. They can give information or help you find the right care that you need.

You can also go to ACCESS Centres in Winnipeg and Brandon. They offer health and social services. Check the MB Primary Care services page for various health care options.

Doctor’s services

Your Manitoba Health Care pays for insured services provided by doctors in their office, clinic, hospital or in your home such as:

  • regular check-ups
  • emergency care
  • care while you are in a hospital
  • referral to a specialist
  • order medically necessary surgery anesthesia, X-rays and other laboratory services

Your family doctor is your partner in keeping yourself and your family healthy. Provide complete medical records so that they can understand your health. Have a record of vaccinations or immunizations of your children. This way, your doctor can give the best medical care for you and your family.

To prepare for a doctor’s appointment, read Preparing for a doctor’s appointment.

Maintain a good relationship with your family doctor. Also, know your rights as a patient. You have the right to make decisions about your health care. It helps to be informed.
Article updated April 19, 2021.

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Community Resources

Read about Health Care options for Manitoban families.

Get brochures on patient safety in your language. Or watch videos about patient safety Here: Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety .

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

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