Are You Delaying Treatment? Here Are 8 Reasons to Make Your Health a Priority

8 reasons we hear most, along with our recommendations for addressing these common concerns.

January 12, 2022

If you've ever avoided seeking treatment for a health issue, you're not alone. Many people are reluctant to make doctor’s appointments or arrange for the care they need, and that can have a lasting impact on their health.

What's holding you (or a loved one) from getting treatment? Below are the eight reasons we hear most, along with our recommendations for addressing these common concerns.

1. “I'm too busy.” It's true that visiting the doctor takes time out of your day. Even with an appointment, you may have to wait—and at the ER or urgent care, the wait can be long. But your health deserves to be a top priority.

2. “I'll get started after the holidays.” If you or someone you love needs a rehab program, physical therapy, or another form of treatment that requires a longer commitment, don’t wait. Postponing your start date could result in even more damage to your body. The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll be on your way to recovery.

3. “It's just a routine test.” Is it time for your mammogram or colonoscopy? There's a good reason not to delay routine tests. Many diseases are more likely to be curable when they are caught early.

4. “I'm going to wait and see if this gets better on its own.” If you're experiencing a new symptom, reach out to your primary care doctor and let them decide what’s needed.

5. “I'm afraid of what the doctor will say.” If you're scared that something might be really wrong, don't let your fears prevent you from getting care. Seek help as soon as possible, and ask a friend or health advisor to accompany you to the appointment for support. If your health has become a source of stress or anxiety for you, consider mental health counseling as well.

6. “I don't want the doctor to see me like this.” Instead of worrying what your doctor might say about your weight, physical condition, or behavior, treat yourself with compassion. Remember that your doctor is there to help you.

7. “I don't trust doctors.” It can be tempting to ask friends, family, or the internet for medical information, but those aren’t always the most reliable sources. That’s why everyone needs doctors they can trust. If you don't like your current doctor, ask an expert health advisor to recommend other options.

8. “Going to the doctor is no fun.” This one might be true, but it’s still worth going. After all, the healthier you are, the more fun you'll be able to have in the future.

If you or someone you love is coping with a new diagnosis or chronic illness, feels frustrated with the healthcare system, or needs support maintaining their good health, reach out to an expert health advisor.

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