Illinois, It’s Time to Say My Health Can’t Wait

Illinois, It’s Time to Say My Health Can’t Wait

Johnson & Johnson MedTech introduces My Health Can’t Wait Illinois, a public information effort and resource hub designed to help Illinois residents get the information they need to prioritize their health and seek needed care.

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Staying Healthy is Part of Staying Safe

Fear of contracting COVID-19 has caused many people – including in Illinois – to delay needed healthcare from standard routine exams to important elective surgeries and emergency room visits.1,2 Many people have experienced negative health consequences as a result.3

Delayed care is even more prevalent among communities of color. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black and Hispanic adults, people with disabilities, and those with two or more underlying conditions are putting off medical care at higher rates than others.4

Illinois, it’s time to say my health can’t wait.

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Patient Resources

My Health Can’t Wait aims to help individuals understand the importance of addressing their health and recognize the potential impact of delaying care. These resources will help patients prioritize their healthcare needs and talk to their healthcare professional about deferred healthcare.

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Healthcare Professional Resources

With My Health Can’t Wait, health care professionals have a comprehensive hub of resources to help support patient communication and health prioritization during COVID-19 and beyond.

Did You Know?


More than two-thirds of Americans surveyed in July 2020 say they or someone in their household delayed or canceled healthcare services due to COVID-19.5


When respondents identifying as Black or Hispanic were asked about their willingness to visit a doctor, only about 1 in 4 people said they were comfortable scheduling a medical procedure.6


Black adults (40%) are more likely than white adults (34%) to report delaying or forgoing care because of concerns about virus exposure.7


More than a quarter of adults with chronic conditions reported that going without or delaying care worsened a health condition.7


1. Czeisler MÉ, Marynak K, Clarke KE, et al. Delay or Avoidance of Medical Care Because of COVID-19–Related Concerns — United States, June 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:1250–1257. DOI:
2. COVIDSurg Collaborative. “Elective surgery cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic: global predictive modelling to inform surgical recovery plans.”
Accessed July 2, 2020. Available at:
3. Mary G. Findling, PhD, ScM1; Robert J. Blendon, ScD1,2; John M. Benson, MA1. “Delayed Care with Harmful Health Consequences—Reported Experiences from
National Surveys During Coronavirus Disease 2019.” Available at:
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Delay or Avoidance of Medical Care Because of COVID-19–Related Concerns — United States, June 2020.
Available at:
5. 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)
6. Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). New Data Confirms Alarming Trend: Covid-19 Fears Are Causing Americans to Avoid the Doctor’s Office and Delay Routine Care. Available at:
7. Urban Institute. Delayed and Forgone Health Care for Nonelderly Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 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.

The campaign is currently focused on U.S. audiences.

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