Referrals to specialists and more specialized care are made following appropriate assessment and investigation by family doctors. It is generally not an option to obtain a referral to a specialist directly - your family physician is obligated, by OHIP among other things, to ensure all referrals to specialists are medically appropriate and necessary.
On a more practical note, many specialists require that certain preliminary investigations are done in advance of being referred. Referrals missing this information are rejected, leading to increased wait times and delays.
Accordingly, if you’re thinking you need a referral to a specialist, use the button below to schedule an appointment with your family physician directly. Let them know your medical concern, and you and your family physician can take it from there.
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Arbour Family Medical Centre offers comprehensive health care services for the whole family.