We are in Japan, and one of my British friends got neck pain and needs to go to the hospital. The injury occurred a few month ago and recently he asked me to go to the hospital with him. First he went alone but he got refused because his Japanese level was not good enough. He was told that he needs to come back with someone who can speak good Japanese.
I would like to avoid to go with him because
- I can understand Japanese (native-speaker) and English but translating a medical conversation is important and nowhere easy. I have no idea how most medical terms are said in English, so my translations might not be accurate.
- It probably won't finish in one time. My planning is not as flexible as his, I can't go during weekdays where he could, so this will make the process much slower. Plus I have other things to do for my weekend...
I think he should either
- get professional help (the hospital can provide it with fees)
- look for another hospital
How can I convey this fact in the nicest way without loosing our friendship?
Before knowing that it would take several times, without thinking much I accepted to go with him.