Medical Care

If you are relocating to the Borden area it is important to have an overall picture of the Medical Care system as it is something we all need and use. It is difficult to acquire a family physician in the local area as well as the surrounding area.

There is also limited number of doctors/family health teams/nurse practitioners accepting new patients in the area.  Some doctors are accepting new patients although the distance of some of the doctors accepting new ‘military family’ patients, may be timely as there are few close in distance.  There are currently no walk-in clinics in Borden or Angus at this time.

Ontario Residents are covered through the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) and all civilian residents have to access medical care.

On this page you will find detailed information on Finding a Family Physician, Ontario Health Insurance Plan and Medical Treatment Facilities.


Finding a Family Physician

There is a shortage of family physicians in Borden and surrounding area and residents access health care through medical treatment centres outside of the Borden area. It is especially difficult to acquire a family physician for those who are new to town.

Here are some links to assist you in finding a family physician:

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

Web: www.cpso.on.ca

The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons website provides a physician search which includes a listing of all active or non-active physicians in your local area. You can search for a family or any specialized doctor anywhere throughout the province. Go to the link above and click doctor search. Please note: this list is not always current.

Health Care Connect

Phone: 1-800-445-1822
Web: www.health.gov.on.ca/en/ms/healthcareconnect/public

This program refers Ontarians without a regular family health care provider to physicians and nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients in their community.

The BFRC attempts to maintain a list of medical referrals and doctors/family health teams/nurse practitioners who are either accepting new patients or will accept military families as new patients; as well as information and contacts for Telehealth Ontario, Health Care Connect, Health Care Options Directory and local Health Units.  Contact the BFRC for assistance at (705) 424-1200 ext. 3994

Telehealth Ontario

Phone: (866) 797-0000
Web: www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/telehealth

This 24 hour free, confidential line provides you with access to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services are available in French and nurses can connect you with translators in 110 languages. If you don’t have a family physician and need some medical advice this can be a good alternative. In an emergency always call 911.

Health Care Options Directory

Web: www.hco-on.ca

Information on local health care options in the community.

Cliquez Santé

Web: www.cliquezsante.ca

Search engine for French health and social services

Here are some tips to help your family find a physician in your local area:

  • Check with your current family physician. Your current family physician may have some tips to help you family find a new physician. Possibly your family physician may know of a physician accepting new patients in the new city;
  • Educate yourself on the realities of health care in the new city. Is it difficult to find a family physician in the new city? What is the medical treatment centre system like? Can a medical treatment centre refer a patient to a specialist or do they only handle urgent care needs. Can a medical treatment centre manage a patient with a long term health concern;
  • Start your search early. Start your search before you relocate. Check with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the BFRC for an up to date listing of physicians accepting new patients. Phone physicians offices to see if they are accepting new patients from home. The house hunting trip will be a perfect opportunity to see if any physicians in the local area are accepting patients. Starting early will alleviate some of the stress after a relocation and as this can be a long process so starting early will give you a head start;
  • Check with friends or co-workers who already live in the new city. Do you have any friends or does the Canadian Forces member have any co-workers who already live in the new city? Maybe they know of a family physician accepting patients. Possibly you know a family who is moving away from your new city who would be willing to ask their family physician if they would be able to fill that spot with your family;
  • Use the same walk in clinic each time. If you don’t have a family physician it is important to go to the same walk in clinic each time you need medical care. This way the clinic will keep a medical file about you which will record your appointments, prescriptions, special needs and any other health concerns. This might also increase your chances of finding a family physician as the physician in the clinic gets to know you and your family they might be able to let you know when another physician in town is accepting patients;
  • Stay patient. This can be a long frustrating process for families. Stay patient and continue to advocate for your family to acquire a family physician.

Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)

Residents are covered through the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). Ontario has a publicly funded health care system which is available through OHIP.

The three month wait period for health care coverage is waved for Canadian Forces dependents in the province of Ontario.  Although it will take approximately 3 months to receive your new health care card, you will receive your OHIP number and coverage will begin the day you establish residency and move to Ontario.  Families are encouraged to apply for an OHIP card as early as possible after arrival in their new province to ensure there are no interruptions to their medical services. 

The process for military family members to get early OHIP coverage is included in the Military Family Member Health Card Registration Kit for New Ontario Residents or can be found online at the following links:

Public information - Military Family Members

Military Family Member Document List

The BFRC Resource Library maintains Military Family Member Health Card Registration Kit for New Ontario Residents, also included in BFRC Welcome Packages; as well as provides and distributes Service Ontario information and directions. All OHIP cards are to be applied for in person at your local Health Card Services office. Upon arrival you will complete a Registration form for Ontario Health coverage for a photo health card. For more information go to their website http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ohip/ or call their info line at 1-866-532-3161

How do I apply for a new health card?

You may apply for new health coverage at your local Service Ontario branch. Contact them at (705) 726-0326 / 800-268-1154 or visit the provincial health website to see a list of needed documents at www.health.gov.on.ca


Medical Treatment Facilities

There are multiple walk-in clinics in the local area, although there are none in the Borden or Angus communities at this time. 

The BFRC Resource Library maintains a Walk-In Clinics list, including those in the Barrie and Alliston area:

Barrie 

Barrie Family Medicine After Hours Clinic - Phone: (705) 737-1887

Barrie After Hours Medical Clinic - Phone: (705) 726-1544

Huronia Urgent Care Clinic - Provides Suturing, Casting, X-ray and Pharmacy - Phone: (705) 792-0933

For a more detailed list and information on clinics in the Barrie area, please visit the Barrie Doctors website.

Alliston

Alliston Walk-In Clinic: located inside the Alliston Wal-mart. (This is the closest Walk-In Cinic to Base Borden) - Phone: (705) 434-2141


Hospitals

There are two hospitals in the local area. The Stevenson Memorial Hospital, located in Alliston area and there is one hospital in Barrie called the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH).  Please visit their website for more information on their health services.  

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This page was updated May 03, 2017