People might be tempted to look into international medical insurance plans as recent research has suggested that patients can be at risk of malnutrition in hospitals.
Conducted by BAPEN, the study found that malnutrition was experienced at 34 per cent of hospitals surveyed.
This is an increase on the 28 per cent recovered in previous years.
Taking out international healthcare might help people to feel reassured about the quality of care they will receive should they need to be taken into hospital.
Mark Gleeson, membership director of Abbeyfield, a charity dedicated to enhancing the lives of older people, said that the research highlights "considerable flaws in consistency of care and communication, especially with regards to essential nutritional information".
He added that where elderly people are concerned, the social aspect of meals also needs to be considered.
"For many, eating means more than just satisfying nutritional requirements, it can also be about a social occasion in an environment that is familiar," he explained.