Why Bring a Medical Travel Companion?

Christie Auyeung General Surgery, Medical Travel, Travel, US Healthcare Leave a Comment

Let’s face it – traveling to an unfamiliar country, undergoing a medical procedure, and happily returning home can be challenging.
To make the experience more enjoyable and comfortable, we recommend patients bring a companion with them on their medical trip. In fact, some medical travel insurance plans will actually help cover eligible expenses for travel companions.

Why bring a medical travel companion? Here are 4 reasons:

  1. They create a more enjoyable travel experience

    Many MedRepublic patients prefer to travel with a family member or a close friend. Having a trusted companion in a foreign setting can help patients relax; they have someone to talk to, share meals with, and create travel memories with. Companions and patients can also help remind each other of helpful tips to make the international trip easier, such as making use of technology tools and resources.

  2. They are a source of emotional support

    Many patients embark on medical travel with a goal of personal transformation. Having a support system nearby (a cheerleader and shoulder to cry on) during this major life change can improve the medical travel experience and eventual outcome of treatment. If patients are nervous or worried about their upcoming medical procedure, a companion can help take their mind off surgery and ease their worries.

  3. They help patients stay healthy

    A companion can help patients stay on top of post-op care like staying hydrated, reminding them to take their medication, moving about, and more. In addition to assisting with daily tasks, they are able to watch over patients and help them follow the doctor’s pre-op and post-op instructions.

  4. They provide peace of mind

    Companions are valuable because if something goes wrong, there is someone there who knows the preferences and medical history of the patient, and is able to facilitate getting additional help if necessary. Companions can also help patients handle other sources of stress, such as dealing with money issues while abroad.

One important thing to be aware of is that companions should understand that the trip’s ultimate goal is to take care of the patient and ensure a successful surgery. While patients and their companions usually do get some time to sightsee and enjoy “touristy” activities, a good companion knows that the primary focus of the trip should be the patient and their procedure.

To learn more about medical travel and how to make the experience safe and comfortable, don’t hesitate to contact one of our world-class doctors today!

Christie is a UChicago grad currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her free time, she enjoys tap dancing, learning to windsurf, and trying new foods.