In BC, we’re fortunate to have many walk-in clinics available to help us care for our basic medical needs. You don’t need an appointment. They are close by. They are convenient.
But what if one day something unexpected happens? Maybe you are injured in a car crash, a cycling collision, or you slip and fall in your local grocery store.
With injury comes recovery and rehabilitation. It will most likely be in your best interest to visit physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, psychiatrists, and other healthcare practitioners to help get you back on track.
A family doctor will be able to provide you with referrals to the appropriate healthcare professionals to help with your recovery. Not only that, but they will also be able to provide you with the medical reports necessary to reclaim your expenses.
Here is some information to assist you in your search for a family doctor:
- Build a relationship. Become comfortable with your family doctor by gaining mutual trust.
- Be consistent. Be sure to visit your family doctor regularly for routine checkups.
- Be open and honest. Your doctor should be made aware of all things related to your health, whether physical or psychological, past or present. Be upfront with them to ensure proper care.
To find a family doctor in your community who is currently accepting new patients, visit BC’s College of Physicians and Surgeons at www.cpsbc.ca. You can use their registrant directory to find a family physician near you.