Since 2005, the Ontario government has been creating Family Health Teams to help people get health care in their community. A Family Health Team is made up of different health care workers such as:
These people work closely together to help you with your health problems. Usually, all team members work out of the same doctor's office. This means that they know each other well, and that they know you! When you come to your family doctor's office with a health problem, you can talk to different members of the team depending on your problem. To make sure you are getting the best care, team members might talk to each other about your health concerns too. All members of the team are experts in their field and can give you the best advice to make sure you stay healthy and well.
The Hamilton Family Health Team is the biggest Health Team in the province. There are 166 family doctors and over 250 other health care workers in the Hamilton Family Health Team, and we serve more than half of the people living in the City of Hamilton. Our practices are in many locations across Hamilton. Some have several doctors in one location, while others have only one or two family physicians, but they all work with a team of healthcare professionals to provide you with the best care possible.
In addition to giving you one-on-one care, the Hamilton Family Health Team offers many group-based health programs. For example, you can learn to manage stress or learn to cook healthy meals with other patients. We also work with many other organizations in the City of Hamilton to provide care to you.
All groups and services provided by the Hamilton Family Health Team are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), meaning you will not have to pay for any of these services at your appointment.
Provide excellent, comprehensive and collaborative primary health care to achieve the best possible health and quality of life for our community.
"A Healthier Hamilton"
How to tell if you are a patient of the Hamilton Family Health Team:
While many doctors' offices have signs posted to tell patients that they are members of the Hamilton Family Health Team, it may still not be clear to you. There are a few different ways that you can find out if the health care providers at your doctor's office are part of the Hamilton Family Health Team:
Some of our doctors are accepting new patients - look at our list, and call the doctor's office for more information about how to become a patient.
There are other ways to find a family doctor in Hamilton. Visit our Find a Healthcare Provider page for more information. Please note that some of the listings on this page include doctors that may not be part of the Hamilton Family Health Team.
Visit our Careers page.