First Consultation with a Medical Specialist

Before having your first consultation with a medical specialist, you must see a family doctor. The family doctor will assess your health and refer you to a medical specialist if necessary.

If you do not have a family doctor, you can Find a Resource Offering Medical Consultation On The Same or Next Day. You can also register with the Québec Family Doctor Finder (GAMF).

Urgent Consultation with a Medical Specialist

If the family doctor you see requests an urgent consultation with a medical specialist. The family doctor will make the appointment for you himself or herself.

Non-urgent Consultation with a Medical Specialist

Service Request Management Centre for appointments with certain medical specialists

If the family doctor believes that the consultation with a medical specialist is not urgent and if your consultation is in one of the designated medical specialties, the Service Request Management Centre (CRDS) will start the process to find an appointment for you. The family doctor will send the consultation request to the CRDS in your region. The CRDS will schedule an appointment for you with a wait time that is appropriate for your condition. Wait times can vary from 3 days to 12 months. This means it may be a few weeks after your visit to the family doctor before you hear from the CRDS. The CRDS will tell you the date, time and location of your appointment as well as the name of the medical specialist you will be seeing.

At present, the CRDS covers requests for consultations with the following medical specialists:

  • Cardiologist
  • Dermatologist
  • Endocrinologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • General surgeon
  • Geriatrician
  • Gynecologist
  • Hematologist-oncologist/Hematologist
  • Immunologist/Allergist
  • Internist
  • Microbiologist/Infectious disease specialist
  • Nephrologist
  • Neurologist
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Oncologist
  • Otorhinolaryngologist (ENT specialist)
  • Orthopedist
  • Pediatrician
  • Physiatrist
  • Plastic surgeon
  • Psychiatrist
  • Respirologist
  • Rheumatologist
  • Urologist
  • Vascular surgeon

The CRDS will cover requests for appointments with other specialists in the coming months.

Specialists not covered by the CRDS

If the family doctor refers you to a specialist who is not on the list of specialists covered by the CRDS, you will have to make your appointment yourself. The family doctor will give you a prescription for this. The family doctor or the clinic staff will give you the contact information for hospitals or clinics where you can make an appointment.

Follow-up Appointment

The medical specialist may ask you to come back to see him or her for a follow-up visit after the first consultation. This time, you will not need to go through a family doctor. To make your follow-up appointment, you will have to contact the appointment centre of the institution where you saw your medical specialist.