Anonymous:
Alice : Where have you been recently Tom? I heard you were in the hospital.

Tom: Yes, that's true. I have had coughs for the last week and been to the hospital for an overall check-up.

Alice : I hope you don't have anything bad.

Supposedly the intended meaning with this expression (I hope you don't have anything bad) is to check if there is anything wrong or serious (illness such as cancer etc) with Tom. Is the last sentence correct? How would you express the whole phrase in natural English.

BTW: The whole dialogue doesn't sound natural. Does it?
AnonymousBTW: The whole dialogue doesn't sound natural. Does it?
IMO, this is fine
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Alice : Where have you been recently Tom? I heard you were in the hospital.

Tom: Yes, that's true. I have had a cough for the last week and went to the hospital for an overall check-up.

Alice : I hope you don't have anything bad. - this is ok, but a set phrase people use in this situation is 'I hope it isn't anything serious'.
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