You can find a family doctor on your own. You can contact medical clinics or family medicine groups (GMF) located near you to see if they are accepting new patients. You will find their contact information on the page Finding a Resource .
Once you have found a family doctor, or have been assigned one, you must register with them by completing a registration form. Registering with a doctor is voluntary and free.
Being 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. In such case, you will receive a mail from the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). The letter will:
confirm your registration with a group of doctors;
provide their contact information.
You will therefore have no additional action to take to confirm your assignment.
By being cared for by a group of doctors, you will receive services from this group. It is important to note that you will not be under the care of a particular family doctor. You may see a different doctor or health professional at each appointment.
Your registration on the waiting list to find a family doctor remains valid.
If you have questions or need information about groups of doctors, please call Services Québec at 1-877-644-4545. Please note that they will not be able to assess your health needs or refer you to a service.
Termination of your registration with a family doctor
If your doctor can no longer provide you with medical care, because they leave their place of practice or retire, for example, or if you have a good reason to want to change family doctor, because you move or you can no longer get to your current clinic, for example, you can contact your territory waiting list (Guichet d'accès pour la clientèle orpheline - GACO) to request another doctor. You will keep your current family doctor while waiting for a new one.
In other situations, you might not be able to request another doctor while still keeping your current one. In this case, you will have to cancel your registration with your current doctor.
Cancelling your registration
By cancelling your registration, you might no longer have access to this doctor’s services. You might also lose access to services offered by the clinic you normally go to.
To cancel your registration with your current doctor, you will have to contact the RAMQ . You will then be able to put your name on the waiting list, either online through the Québec Family Doctor Finder (GAMF) or Québec Health Booklet sites or by telephone by contacting your territory waiting list (GACO).
To cancel your registration with your group of doctors, you will have to contact your territory waiting list (Guichet d’accès pour la clientèle orpheline – GACO). If your were already registred on the waiting list to find a family doctor, your registration remains valid. Otherwise, you can put your name on the waiting list, either online through the Québec Family Doctor Finder (GAMF) or Québec Health Booklet sites or by telephone by contacting your territory waiting list (GACO).