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What is the Difference Between a Family Doctor and Nurse Practitioner
What is the Difference Between a Family Doctor and Nurse Practitioner
If you’re like most Canadians, you may not be quite sure what the difference between a nurse practitioner (NP) and a family doctor is. After all, hearing that someone with “nurse” in their title…

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How Many Patients Does a Family Doctor Have
How Many Patients Does a Family Doctor Have
Think of family doctors (also known as family physicians) as everyone’s first point of contact for non-emergency medical needs. In other words, they take care of a lot: They provide physical examinations (check-ups), referrals, vaccinations, and care for…

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What is the Difference between a Family Doctor and General Physician
What is the Difference between a Family Doctor and General Physician
It can be difficult to know the difference between a family physician and a general practitioner (GP). Or if you don’t have a doctor, knowing which one – a family doctor vs general physician, is best suited for…

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What is a Family Doctor
What is a Family Doctor
A family doctor, also known as a family physician, is a trusted partner in your healthcare journey—they act as your first point of contact for all of your non-emergency medical needs, which means they treat illnesses, provide proactive…

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How to Get Birth Control without a Family Doctor
How to Get Birth Control without a Family Doctor
We know how hard it can be to get birth control. We care about your reproductive health and we believe that birth control isn’t a nice-to-have, it’s a necessity. But, as much as Canadians enjoy reproductive freedom, access…

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Why Do I Need a Family Doctor?
Why Do I Need a Family Doctor?
We care about your health and we’re dedicated to improving healthcare access across Canada. Right now, a country-wide physician shortage means millions of Canadians don’t have a family doctor. And, those that do…

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How Long Does it Take to Get a Family Doctor in Ontario
How Long Does it Take to Get a Family Doctor in Ontario
Does Ontario have a family doctor shortage? If you don’t have a family doctor right now, you’re not alone. A shortage of GPs across the country has left one in five Canadians without…

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Top tips to enjoying the holiday season
Top tips to enjoying the holiday season
The holidays, often dubbed the most wonderful time of the year, can come with its fair share of stress. Whether you’re navigating family dinners, travelling with kids, managing a tight budget, or feeling the pressure to handle everything, it’s normal…

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How to boost your immune system
How to boost your immune system
Keeping your immune system in tip-top shape can go a long way towards warding off colds and flus this winter. Without a healthy immune system, your body can’t fight off infections, viruses or pathogens effectively. Pesky viruses, bacteria and…

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How access to primary care can improve early detection of chronic diseases
How access to primary care can improve early detection of chronic diseases
In Canada, having a family doctor or another primary care provider is a strong predictor of your ability to access care in the broader healthcare system—including non-emergency surgery, diagnostic testing, and referrals to specialists. A primary care provider (or PCP)…

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