For your initial consultation with a medical specialist, you must first see your family doctor. He or she will evaluate your health condition and refer you to a medical specialist if it is necessary.
If you do not have a family doctor, you can find a resource offering medical consultation on the same or next day and you can register with a family doctor (GAMF).
For a follow-up
If you have already seen a medical specialist and he or she feels you should receive a follow-up, you do not have to go through your family doctor.
If the family doctor that you have seen requests an emergency consultation with a medical specialist, he or she will book the appointment for you.
If the family doctor feels that a consultation with a medical specialist is not urgent, he or she will send a request for consultation to a services dispatch centre (centre de répartition des demandes de services – CRDS). The CRDS is responsible for getting you an appointment with a specialist within an appropriate time frame and in consideration of your clinical condition. In such a case, you don't have to do anything to have your appointment booked.
At present, this service covers consultation requests for medical specialists in:
Other specialists will be added over the course of 2017.
If the family physician refers you to a doctor with a specialty currently not covered by the CRDS, you must arrange the appointment yourself. Your family doctor will give you a prescription for the purpose. You will also be given the contact information for the hospital or clinic in order for you to make an appointment.