Five secrets of Toronto’s medical system that will make your life easier

Five secrets of Toronto’s medical system that will make your life easier

FIve secrets of Toronto's medical system that wIll make your life easier
Doctor Finder

Landing a good family doctor can be like finding a soulmate—and the ensuing relationship even more intimate. openCare, a website founded by a Torontonian named Nikolai Bratkovski, provides a database of doctors who are taking new patients, organized by postal code. Opencare.com.


Dial-A-Doc
Dial-A-Doc

The days when a GP, medical bag in hand, made house calls aren’t over. MedVisit has over a hundred doctors and will send one out to you, anywhere in the GTA and usually within four hours, for a non-emergency medical problem. Their doctors will write prescriptions, and the cost is covered by OHIP. 416-631-3000.


Pampered Births
Pampered Births

In 2012, St. Joseph’s opened an expanded family birthing centre that’s the closest thing to having a baby at an all-inclusive resort. The facilities include yoga classes, dad-only workshops, a hydro­therapy tub for pain management during labour, and free, freshly made snacks for patients and visitors.


Express ER
Express ER

There are few ordeals as miserable as sitting for hours in a hospital emergency room. Wait times at St. Mike’s have been reduced by almost 20 per cent since the spring 2013 introduction of a triage process that includes sending patients with less serious problems to a  nurse practitioner instead of a doctor.


A Virtual Hospital Ward
A Virtual Hospital Ward

Patients of Women’s College Hospital can take advantage of a service that sends a co-ordinated medical team, including doctor, nurse and pharmacist, to your home. The program has drastically reduced readmission rates.