October 27 - Ontario has helped one million more people find a family doctor since 2003 — the equivalent to finding a doctor for 16 Ontarians every hour.
One million more people have a family doctor because Ontario has trained more doctors, adding 160 more first-year spaces in medical schools with another 100 on the way. It also created 200 Family Health Teams. And there are 21 per cent more internationally trained doctors now seeing Ontario patients.
Ontarians looking for a doctor can use Health Care Connect, an innovative doctor referral service that connects doctors with Ontarians who need one.
Having access to family health care helps keep pressure off hospital emergency rooms, can improve health outcomes and most importantly, delivers peace of mind to Ontario families.
Investing in front line health care is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care services and improve quality and accountability for patients.
See how the Ontario government helped one million more Ontarians find a family doctor.
Family Health Teams serve more than three million Ontarians. The teams provide a wide range of health options.
Health Care Connect has helped more than 42,500 Ontarians find a family health care provider over the last year-and-a-half.