It's been five years since the Quebec government created a special system to help people without a family doctor to find a GP.
But the system hasn't been working.
The registration list to sign up for an available family doctor was conceived with the notion to give priority first to seniors, people in a vulnerable state of health or who are hard to place.
La Presse found out that tens of thousands of Montrealers are still waiting to get access to a family doctor since they're in relatively good health and won't be considered.
Dr. Louis Godin, president of the Quebec Federation of General Practioners, told CJAD 800 News that it's not a surprising situation.
"There's still a doctor shortage so we can't say that the arrival of this system would mean that each Quebecker will be able to find a doctor," Godin said.
Godin said the government has to do more to lure more doctors to the province and to make it more attractive to work in a clinical practice.
Nearly 50,000 people in Montreal signed up for the doctor access registration, two-thirds of them belonging to the non-priority category.
On a provincial scale, those on the list who are not considered a priority can wait an average of nearly 285 days to find a doctor.