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What should I expect when visiting a doctor or nurse practitioner?

Your doctor or nurse practitioner may either be a man or a woman. You may request to see a doctor or nurse practitioner of the same gender as you for religious reasons. However, it may not always be possible to satisfy this request at the Emergency Room.

Bring your Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP) card or IFHP document or proof of private health insurance coverage to every medical visit. Bring a list of your medications as well.

An adult patient usually sees the doctor or nurse practitioner alone. You may request that a nurse or another adult be present in the examination room.

A parent usually accompanies children under the age of 18. Children over the age of 18 are considered to be adults, and visit the doctor or nurse practitioner alone.


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