Once you have put your name on the waiting list, your request will be evaluated and priority assigned based on your health. It is impossible to determine exactly how long you will be on the waiting list. The waiting time can vary depending on the availability of doctors in your region and the number of people on the waiting list for your territory.
Updating a registration with the Québec Family Doctor Finder
Do not forget to update your phone numbers and your email so that you can be reached easily once a doctor has been assigned to you. If you cannot be reached, your request may be suspended.
There are 3 ways you can update your registration:
To change your address, you must use the Service québécois de changement d’adresse (SQCA) . In addition to being forwarded to several departments and agencies, including the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec, your new address will be automatically updated in the GAMF.
By keeping your registration up to date, you will keep your place on the waiting list.
You may also request an evaluation of your health by a nurse if this service is offered by the territory waiting list (Guichet d’accès pour la clientèle orpheline - GACO). The nurse will update the priority assigned to your registration based on your health.
Getting an appointment with a family doctor during the waiting period
To get a medical appointment, people on the waiting list through the GAMF can contact the Primary Care Access Point in their region. They will be referred to the professional or medical service that best meets their need.
For people cared for by a group of doctors
Once you have registered with the GAMF or after your doctor has retired, a group of doctors could take care of you. When you need a medical appointment, you have to contact the Primary Care Access Point.