Family medicine group

A family medicine group (FMG) is a group of family doctors who work closely with other health professionals. This approach makes it easier for clients to access health and social services.

In an FMG, each doctor takes care of his/her own patients who are registered with him/her, but all the doctors who are members of the same FMG can access all the medical records for the FMG. This means that if someone comes in for a consultation and does not have an appointment with their own doctor, they can be seen by another doctor. They can also see a nurse, a social worker or another health professional in the FMG for various follow-ups if necessary.

This group-based approach:

  • ensures better follow-up and case management for patients;
  • improves quality of care;
  • improves access to primary care.