What are the differences?
Family medicine group (GMF)
A family medicine group (GMF) is a group of doctors who work closely with nurses in an environment that is conducive to the practice of family medicine.
Family doctors who practice in GMFs also work closely with colleagues at the Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (CIUSSS) and in hospital centres and pharmacies, as well as with other health professionals in your region.
GMFs are central to Quebec's strategy to facilitate access to family doctors.
How to register with a GMF
Registration with a doctor who belongs to a family medicine group is voluntary and free of charge. All you have to do is fill out a registration form, available at the office of any doctor who belongs to a GMF.
Registration is valid for one year and renewed automatically, unless you specify otherwise in writing.
However, registration ends if you change doctors or if your doctor leaves the group he or she belongs to. In the latter case, the doctor will notify you of his or her decision, and you'll be able to register with another doctor in the same group who is accepting new patients, or with a doctor from another group.
A super clinic is an FMG that provides increased access to a broader range of primary care services for semi-urgent and simple urgent needs.
Super clinics offer the same services as an FMG but must also:
- provide consultations to patients who do not have a family doctor or who are registered with another FMG;
- be open 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, with some exceptions;
- offer all patients the possibility of making an appointment for the next day up until 3 hours before the super clinic’s closing time if all the available consultation slots for that day are booked.
In addition, super clinics are places where public specimen collection and imaging services are available on site or nearby. It is also easier to access specialized services in super clinics.
The services available in super clinics mean that clients who have a non-priority condition do not have to go to the emergency room in a hospital centre and face long wait times. They provide quick access to services for primary care needs.
University family medicine group
A university family medicine group (U-FMG) is an FMG where family medicine residents, students and interns in various disciplines can receive training and be supervised.
The teaching provided at U-FMGs is recognized by universities. U-FMGs offer the same services to the public as FMGs.
Source : Portail santé-mieux être, Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux