FAQs

I Need A Doctor,How do I register?
If you need a Family Physician you must register yourself and your family with Health Care Connect.
Family Physician seeking new patients are encouraged to select patients from this database.
You can register with Health Care Connect by calling 1-800-445-1822 or
Visit www.Ontario.ca/HealthCareConnect

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Nurse Practitioner?
What is a Community Health Centre?
Who funds the CHC?
How many CHCs are there in Ontario.
Can I become a patient at the Rainbow Valley CHC?
Do I have to give up my own doctor to use the CHC?
How is a CHC different from the Public Health Unit, and is it a duplication of the unit’s services?

What is a Nurse Practitioner?
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Registered Nurse, Extended Class [RN(EC)] is a registered nurse who has completed additional courses and specialized training. Nurse practitioners can work with a physician to provide more complex care or without the supervision of a physician for many things that are more routine medical care such as maternal and child care, pre and post natal care, ongoing care of generally well people. They can diagnosis and treat many conditions and can write many prescriptions without consulting a physician. Our Nurse Practitioners have their own client practices, provide school outreach services and provide education and health promotion community services.
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What is a Community Health Centre?
Community Health Centres are non-profit, community-governed organizations that provide primary health care, health promotion and community development services using multi-disciplinary teams of health providers who are paid by salary rather than through a fee-for-service system. At the Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre our team is comprised of nurses, a social worker, an office administrator and a program director.
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Who funds the CHC?
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has been the funder, but effective April 1, 2007, CHCs will report directly to the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). Our LHIN is called the Champlain LHIN. The CHCs receive a yearly budget, costs are known to the funder, as all staff are on salary and all the programs are funded with a designated budget. There is no cost for residents to use the health centre.
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How many CHCs are there in Ontario.
Currently, there are 74 CHCs and satellites in Ontario.
Learn more at the Association of Ontario Health Centres
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Can I become a client of the Rainbow Valley CHC?
(You may notice that we often use the word client instead of patient – CHCs use this more modern term. Any resident of our community is able to access the our services.
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Do I have to give up my own doctor to use the CHC?
The answer is yes, if you want to be a primary care client which makes the CHC becomes your medical care provider. However, there are services at the CHC that are available to all members of the community. Examples of these services are: counseling with our social worker, and access to any of the many community groups that are offered.
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How is a CHC different from the Public Health Unit, and is it a duplication of the unit’s services?
Public Health (in this area, the Renfrew County and District Health Unit) does not provide individual health services. The mandate of Public Health is legislated health protection and health promotion. CHCs and Public Health work together to provide health promotion services in the local community.
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