My Health Can’t Wait: A Patient Resource

More than 2/3 of Americans say they or someone in their household delayed or canceled healthcare services due to COVID-19.1 Delaying or canceling routine healthcare appointments or medical procedures, or ignoring emergency healthcare symptoms can have a negative impact on your health.2 In some places, healthcare facilities have noticed an uptick in patients who have delayed care for so long they are sicker than they otherwise would be if they had not delayed care.3

The patient education effort, My Health Can’t Wait, aims to help individuals understand the urgency of addressing their health needs and recognize the potentially detrimental impact of delaying care. We want to inspire people to prioritize their health with confidence.

My Health Can’t Wait provides key resources and comprehensive information to improve communication between patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals about how and when to pursue care.

My Health Can’t Wait: A Patient Resource

Patient Spotlight

Learning about other people’s experiences may help ease your mind when deciding whether the time is right for you to prioritize your health.

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1. Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies Elective Surgery Survey.  Accessed August 4, 2020.  About the Survey: This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of DePuy Synthes from July 9-13, 2020 among 2,016 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. (CLICK TO PDF)
2. Los Angeles Times. “Health crisis looming inside a health crisis: People are avoiding going to the doctor.” Accessed at August 4, 2020. Available at:
3. Reuters.  “New U.S. health crisis looms as patients without COVID-19 delay care.”  Accessed August 4, 2020.  Available at:

The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not medical advice. Always talk to your doctor before you make decisions about your health.

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