Olena Badham’s growing baby bump added a
sense of urgency to her search for a family doctor.
But thanks to a new website that connects
Calgary-area residents with doctors who are
taking patients, the 27-year-old found one just in
time—two months before her due date.
“I wanted a doctor really close to where I live
so that when the baby is born I can get there
quickly,” says Badham, a first-time mom-to-be.
She spent months searching for a regular family
doctor and received care from a few different
clinics before she was referred to the Find a
Doctor service at calgaryareadocs.com.
“I had been looking for a while but I always
seemed to have bad luck. When I found out about
the website, I clicked on a few options and I saw
one I liked. I made an appointment right away. I
was surprised how easy it was,” Badham says.
A 2014 Health Council of Canada report suggested
about six per cent of Albertans—compared with
the national average of seven per cent—don’t have
a new website ( calgaryareadocs.com) helps
calgary and area patients find a family doctor
a regular doctor or clinic where they go for care.
Despite another 2014 study showing an all-time
high number of Canadian doctors, anecdotes such
as Badham’s suggest access is still an issue.
Badham and her husband Scott are among
the first patients to benefit from the Find a
Doctor service, which launched in July 2015.
Developed by seven local Primary Care Networks
in partnership with Alberta Health Services, it is
designed to make it quicker and easier for patients
to find a family doctor. Through the user-friendly
website, patients search an interactive map that
shows which PCN doctors in Calgary and area are
accepting patients. Users can search areas close
to work, family or wherever is most convenient.
Patients can call the clinic immediately and
request an appointment. Currently, more than 250
family doctors listed on the website are accepting
Patients can also complete an online form for a
PCN to find them a family doctor — an updated
and streamlined version of the Need a Doctor
service that’s been in existence since 2010. Both