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What Your Travel Companion Needs to Know About Your Medical Tourism Trip

Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 12:23 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017

The Medical Tourism Association recommends that, if possible, patients traveling abroad bring along a companion – such as a spouse, child, other relative, friend, and so on.

However, if you’re thinking of bringing a companion along for your trip, there are some extremely important things that he or she must be aware of and fully accept before accompanying or joining you abroad. Here’s what your companion needs to know:

  1. It’s not a classic “vacation”

Yes, it’s certainly possible – and in fact, probable – for your companion to have an enjoyable time while abroad, and they may be able to take in some sights or events (either with you, on their own, or with a tour group). However, it’s vital for them to understand that a medical tourism trip isn’t a classic “vacation”. Their primary focus must be on providing you with support both before and after your procedure.

  1. It’s essential to be prepared

Companions should take adequate time well before they travel abroad to research your procedure, and especially learn about aspects related to your anticipated convalescence and recovery – because that’s when they’ll be most needed.  

  1. They probably won’t be allowed to stay with you in the hospital

Just as in the U.S., hospitals abroad have rules regarding visiting hours. As such, your companion won’t be able to stay with you in the hospital. However, there are some hospitals that allow companions and/or family members to essentially rent a room. It’s not the same as a hotel (for example, there’s no room service, pool, business center, and so on), but it can mean that your companion is right next door; or possibly even in the same room. Discuss these details with your hospital abroad before you leave.

  1. They need to focus on their wellness, too

Your companion may focus so much on your health, that they may put their own wellness at risk. This is actually quite common, especially since most companions take their role quite seriously. Ensure that your companion doesn’t undermine their own safety while taking care of you; because if that happens, despite their noble intentions, they won’t be able to provide you with the care that you need. And of course, your companion must have adequate medical insurance just in case they do fall ill or suffer an injury. 

  1. They may need to stay longer than planned

It may be necessary for you to stay longer abroad than planned. For example, your surgeon or doctor may recommend that you spend an extra few days in rehabilitation, working with a PT or nurse, and so on. Your companion should be prepared to make arrangements in case this arises. For example, they should have the flexibility to call their employer and extend their trip. If this isn’t possible, then it may be better to try and take another companion instead.

 Learn More

To learn more about what you and your companion need to know about medical tourism, contact the SkyMedicus team today. Your consultation with us is free. Not sure what all to expect when traveling for medical tourism? Be sure to check out our FREE eBook "10 Things You Must Know Before You Travel Abroad for Medical Treatment":

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