New family health teams increasing access to care
More than 900,000 Ontarians have been attached to a family doctor, since 2003. It is expected that once all 200 teams are operational, they will provide access to primary care for more than three million Ontarians. As of 2009, there were 2,886 more doctors providing services to Ontario patients than in 2003.
Ontarians without a family health care provider can register with Health Care Connect, a program that helps people find a family doctor or nurse practitioner in their community.
To register with the program, simply call 1-800-445-1822. You will need a pen, some paper and your OHIP card when you call Health Care Connect. You can also register for Health Care Connect online by entering your information a.
Ontario has also announced 25 Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics which are expected to care for more than 40,000 people. Find out more about Family Health Teams