There is a shortage of family physicians accepting new patients in Greater Victoria and it can often be difficult to find a family physician. Walk-in clinics are a great option for families unable to secure a family doctor.
Here are some links to assist you receiving medical services:
A great online resource to find the closest walk-in clinic and the wait time.
Victoria Medical Society
Up-to-date listings of physicians in Greater Victoria and the surrounding areas who are accepting new patients.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Provides a listing of physicians who are accepting new patients in your local area.
Equinox Life Care
This virtual clinic gives you secure online access to family doctors, nurses, and specialists via a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
BC Nurse Line
24-hour, confidential information and advice from a registered nurse. Can answer your questions about symptoms, health concerns, recommended course of action, and when to see a health professional.
Notes on British Columbia
Residents are covered through British Columbia’s Medical Service Plan (MSP). This requires a monthly payment on a sliding scale made by each resident (which is normally deducted from the Canadian Forces member’s pay).
Health Cards in B.C. are called Care Cards. You can register for MSP online. However, often the Canadian Forces member initiates this process with the Base Orderly Room.
If you are relocating from another province, your current health care coverage will be valid for the first three months. Check with your current plan for more details about out-of-province coverage before you relocate.
Please note: A B.C. Care Card number is required for some specialized services, such as autism support or home nursing support. For Canadian Forces families in these types of situations, the case will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and the three- month wait period might be waived. Contact the military member’s pay and benefit clerk to initiate waiving the wait period.
Register for MSP
Coverage Wait Period