Health Care Connect is a program launched by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to help Ontarians without a family health care provider find one. The program refers people without a regular family health care provider to physicians and nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients in their community. Patients can call or go online to ontario.ca/healthcareconnect to register with the program. To successfully register, patients must have a valid OHIP card and complete a health questionnaire to determine their need for family health care services. Priority is given to individuals who have greater health needs.
Once registered, program participants are assigned to a Care Connector, a nurse who works with family physicians and nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients.