To find a family doctor that is accepting new patients, you can put your name on the waiting list through the Québec Family Doctor Finder (GAMF):

To keep your place on the waiting list, it is important to make sure that your registration with the Québec Family Doctor Finder is kept up to date. Do not forget to update your contact information and to report any changes in your health condition.

Registering on the waiting list to find a family doctor

Registration on the waiting list through the Québec Family Doctor Fonfer can be done:

You can also look for a family doctor yourself. To learn more, see the page Registering with a family doctor.

Eligibility criteria

To put your name on the waiting list to find a family doctor using the Québec Family Doctor Finder (GAMF), you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must have a valid health insurance card.
  • You must not already be registered with a family doctor. However, if your doctor can no longer see you or if you wish to change doctors, see the Registering with a Family Doctor section.
  • You must live at the address indicated in your file at the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). If you do not live at that address, you can make a change of address This hyperlink will open in a new window..
  • You must be 14 years of age or over. If you are under 14 years of age, someone else who is 14 years of age or over must put your name on the waiting list on your behalf.
  • You must live in Québec and your postal code must be listed by Canada Post.

Doctors in the Nunavik and Cree Territory of James Bay regions cannot register patients. If you live in these regions, you must contact your health centre:

Priority and waiting time

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) This hyperlink will open in a new window.. 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.

Reporting a change in your health condition

You can report a change in your health situation using the Québec Family Doctor Finder (GAMF). You may also request an evaluation of your health by a nurse if this service is offered by your territory waiting list (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.

For more information, consult the page Being cared for by a group of doctors.