Looking for a family doctor?
A GP for Me, and this website, is not a centralized patient-doctor matching database. Work is underway locally in BC communities that, over time, aims to help more people who want a GP to find one. There may not be an instant solution for everyone who is looking for a doctor now. Currently, sources for finding a family doctor include:
- Ask friends or family.
- Check the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC list of doctors accepting new patients.
A GP for Me
A GP for Me is a province-wide initiative jointly funded by the Government of BC and Doctors of BC that is helping more British Columbians get access to a family doctor and primary care. Provincial data to the end of 2013 shows approximately 200,000 British Columbians who want a family doctor cannot find one. Two areas of work are underway to to help address this:
- Groups of family doctors in local communities call Divisions of Family Practice are working with local partners on many projects to increase patient access to care in their communities.
- Individual doctors’ offices are receiving support to improve care for vulnerable patients and connect with patients by telephone for follow up appointments. Doctors are also improving efficiencies in their practice processes, which in some cases will enable them to take on new patients.
How is A GP for Me helping patients?
Why have a family doctor?
Made-in-BC research shows that people have better health outcomes when they have a strong relationship with a primary care practitioner, usually a family doctor. If you have an ongoing relationship with your family doctor you are likely to experience better care because your doctor knows and understands your background and medical history. You will also benefit from more preventative care, better communication and coordination of your health needs when you need to be referred to other health care providers, more accurate diagnoses, better medication management, avoidance of repeat tests or other interventions, and fewer hospitalizations. That's why A GP for Me also provides support for physicians to care for their patients in new ways, such as doctor-patient telephone consultations, and increased funding to look after patients with chronic diseases.