There are also walk-in and urgent care clinics across the city you can visit for non-emergencies if you do not have a family doctor, or your doctor is not available. Family doctors taking new patients can be found through the Hamilton Academy of Medicine, which also provides answers to frequently asked questions about medical services in Hamilton. If you have a valid OHIP card, you can also get a referral to a family doctor through Health Care Connect. This service gives priority to those with greater health needs.
Along with its publicly funded health care system, available through the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), the province offers health related services that can be accessed in Hamilton. Telehealth Ontario provides free, confidential health advice and information on the phone, and other programs and services to promote health and well being for Ontarians.