Providing quick access to health care treatments is a major challenge for the public health care network. To get health care services without having to go to the emergency room, you need to be able to consult a general practitioner, which can be a challenge in Quebec. In fact, according to data made public in March 2017, nearly 493,000 Quebecers have signed up for the Québec Family Doctor Finder. On average, they will have to wait 16 months before finding a physician. In the meantime, they often have to wait long hours at the emergency room if they need to consult a physician, even for a minor condition.
To make it easier for Quebecers to access high-quality health care, Clinique GOTM has been providing mobile services from our team of physicians. Dr. Philippe Estérez, a general practitioner with Clinique GOTM, explains how he can help patients during an in-home consultation.
A physician with extensive experience
Dr. Estérez graduated from medical school in 1978. Since then, he’s practiced in many different environments. He was a general practitioner in the emergency room at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont in Montreal and practiced general medicine and obstetrics in rural areas. He also has experience in psychiatry and in a prison setting.
About 15 years ago, he left the public system to join a private practice and offer home care services. That allowed him more flexibility in his practice, which is perfect for the changing needs of Quebecers.
In-home medical services
Dr. Estérez works with many senior citizens with limited mobility as well as patients affected by a condition that makes it hard for them to travel. His services are also greatly appreciated by individuals with an acute condition (flu, lumbago, fever, bronchitis, etc.) who need to quickly consult a physician without having to go to the emergency room or a clinic.
Here are some examples of what Dr. Estérez does during an in-home consultation:
- A full medical assessment
- Medical assessments for acute conditions, such as an infection, abdominal pain, headaches, lumbago, a severe musculoskeletal problem
- Minor medical interventions, such as removing stitches or treating wounds
- Minor surgical procedures
However, it’s important to keep in mind that an in-home consultation is not a substitute for calling the paramedics or going to the emergency room in the case of a severe accident or any condition that puts the health and life of a person at risk.
A service tailored to the individual’s needs
“The biggest difference with services available in the public system or at a clinic, is that I provide care in the comfort of the patient’s own home. Because we work by appointment, our clients don’t have to travel or wait long hours in a waiting room,” said Dr. Estérez. He says it is common for patients to head to the emergency room and wait hours on end before leaving without even having seen a physician. It is also not uncommon that a patient already has a family doctor, but one that does not offer in-home consultations, making it hard for the patient to get to their general practitioner. In other cases, family members might live far away and ask that a physician visit their parent at their home.
Mobile physician services from Clinique GOTM are tailored to meet the needs of the patient and their family. In addition to the numerous benefits for people with a loss of autonomy who might find it difficult to travel, these services provide access to a physician for anyone who needs a quick medical consultation or a prescription.
Home care services with Clinique GOTM
To quickly consult with a general practitioner in the comfort of your own home, call upon the mobile physicians at Clinique GOTM. Avoid the wait times and anxiety of the emergency room!
Our services are for patients of all ages and are available in Greater Montreal, including Laval, Longueuil, the South Shore, and the North Shore.
In the case of an emergency, please call 911.