CategoriesHospital/Clinics,  Travel

Scheduling a Surgical Consult While on Vacation

Patrizia Barrueco is a Partner Success Manager at TaqTik and works with leading healthcare providers around the world to ensure TaqTik members receive top services, quality and pricing. Taqtik now offers a complimentary appointment service to request a consultation at your vacation destination. Patrizia Barrueco explains how the new service works, and how to book your vacation consultation.

Taqtik clients can now plan to have a surgical consultation while on holiday, without needing to book or confirm a procedure in advance. Our head surgeons and specialists are available to meet with you in all of your favorite destinations. Appointments are usually available every morning and afternoon, and includes all treatments and surgeries. Just follow this link and you can arrange to see a doctor in your preferred destination: 

Seeing your doctor on vacation:
  • Urgent medical issues can be dealt with on a same day basis.
  • Once your consultation date is confirmed, we provide you with the name of surgeon, hospital, date, time and cost.
  • When there is no availability on the dates and times you require, we will give you more options so you can choose an alternative.
  • If you are planning to have a procedure done, we highly recommend that you complete the firmquote request prior to your appointment. You just need to follow this link:—firmquote

This will confirm you are suitable for the procedure and the expected cost, and that the surgery or treatment date can be tentatively scheduled at your request.

  • If you would like to schedule a skype or telephone consultation with your surgeon, we can also arrange that for you.
How to cancel an appointment

If you have confirmed appointment by email, SMS or whatsapp you can simply reply CANCEL back by using the same message.  

Medical students, patient coordinators and nurses

Medical students, patient coordinators and nurses will occasionally sit in during consultations with patients. Let us know if you don’t wish to have them present, it is quite alright to let us know. Whatever you need, we are here with you every step of the way.

Take the next step

If you have any comments or questions about scheduling a consultation on vacation, please comment below or contact me directly at You can also search for packages in your preferred destination on the Taqtik Marketplace!

phuket low season

5 Reasons to Book your Phuket Healthcare Vacation in the Low Season

Hi, this is Victoria Pakohomova from Taqtik and I have has been working and living in Phuket Thailand for the last seven years. Living in Phuket all year round, gives me the opportunity to work with great healthcare partners like Phuket Plastic Surgery and many others. Phuket, in both low and high seasons, has given me a unique insight into when to travel there and why. Medical travelers often opt to visit during the high season to avoid rains and typhoons, but here’s a better option…

The calendar year in Phuket is divided into high and low seasons.  Normally, the high season lasts from October to March and low from May to September. The question is What about April? It is a separate story, come back to it in the end. Seasonality is determined by weather conditions and wind direction. In high season, the wind blows from the east, and the west coast sea (where are all bathing beaches are located) is calm, smooth and safe. 

victoria phuket beach

Sunny weather is more or less guaranteed, and if suddenly rain starts, it doesn’t last long and the hot sun is back again. In the beginning – in the middle of May, the direction of wind changes, wavy weather starts, rib currents happen often, the probability of rains and typhoons increases significantly. That said, there are advantages in traveling to Phuket for healthcare in low season (based on the experience of seven years of living in Phuket)

  1. Significantly less quantity of tourists– even ex-pats and those who come to stay to Phuket during winter in their country of residence leave the island during low season. You will enjoy deserted beaches, romantic sunsets, places of interest and breath-taking viewpoints without crowds of people.
  2. Temperature– In low season sweat won’t pour from your face and body, because the air temperature is not 32-35, but 25-30. And during the recovery process, you are breathing in fresh sea air rather than chilling in the room with aircon. Of course, there is a risk of rain, but it normally rains lasts from 1- to 2 hours, refreshes the air and again and is replaced by the sun.
  3. Price- You will be amazed by prices for accommodation, car rental and hotels during low season. For example: a room in a luxury hotel cost THB 1500 -2000 per night in low season, while the regular price for the same room in the high season could be just TBH 8,000 – 12,000. The service will be the same, the hotel half empty and you save a huge sum. Even restaurants have more discounts, promotions and interesting offers.
  4. Fruit- the low season is the season of many exotic fruits like mango, mangosteen, lychee, rambutan, sugar apple, longan, santol and, of course, the Thai king of fruits – nasty smelling Durian fruit. About 5-7 sorts of juicy mango and durian at dirt cheap prices and a maximum level of vitamins! Great support in the healing process after surgery.
  5. Exercise- If the partner, traveling with you is an active person – it is a great time to try surfing or kiting, waves and wind are perfect at that time of the year. It is also a perfect time to travel with kids too because of different summer camps in international schools, wake parks, surf schools. Children will find themselves in a multinational environment, find new friends, improve physical shape due to various sports activities and English or French language skills. It is impossible during the high season during the educational process at schools.

So welcome to Phuket! The paradise island for beauty vacations with highly professional and experienced surgeons.

And coming back to April…it is in between high and low seasons: still no waves, rip currents and rains, but it is very hot. Extremely hot and humid. Not recommended. Just believe a person with 7 years of living experience at Phuket

victoria phuket pool

So, if your planning a trip to Phuket and you want some information on the great medical options here, please leave me a comment below, or email me directly at


CategoriesDestination,  Travel

Why the Philippines is Primed to Become a Medical Tourism Hub

Why are more medical travelers choosing Philippines as their destination? Few other Asian destinations can offer such impressive landscapes, and coastlines captivatingly tropical white beaches as Philippines. The Archipelago of 7,000 islands offers waterfront leisure at its finest, and an abundance of natural resources and beauty. If visitors get bored of the scenery, they can venture out to discover whatever tickles their fancy…historical landmarks, modern metropolis, or world class medical facilities.
Medical travel

The Philippines is home to a huge selection of high-end medical tourism centers like the Centuris Medical Makati. 28 stories and 500 clinics covering an extensive range of medical needs. Medical travelers can use a medical tourism facilitator like Cosmetic Holidays Philippines to co-ordinate their entire trip including surgical consults, accommodation and private transfers.

Top 3 Philippines destinations

With 7,000 islands to choose from, why choose just one? Whether you’re there to party, relax or to experience a different culture, the Philippines delivers. There’s a destination for every type of traveller…but here are our top three…

  • Siguijor Island

You know the advertisements where bikini clad models recline on deck chairs, white sand at their feet and a clear blue ocean ahead? That’s Siguijor Island. A favourite spot for travellers is the Coco Grove Beach Resort. It’s cottages and villas sit within a gorgeous tropical garden setting, right next to a white beach and clear blue ocean. Visitors to Siguijor Island spend their day snorkelling and swimming, and their night dining on fresh seafood and traditional Filipino food. This Philippines destination is less crowded than other islands, and ideal for the traveller who needs a restorative break.

2. Manila

The other side of the Philippines is its booming metropolis- Manila. A fast paced, action packed urban dream for those who want a true big city experience. The financial and entertainment districts boast horizons of skyscrapers, high end shopping malls and some of the best restaurants and night life the country has to offer. Manila is not for the faint hearted and if the destination for the traveller who wants culture and an endless supply of entertainment!

3. Borocay Island

Another quintessentially ‘tropical island’ paradise, Borocay ticks all the boxes for both nature lovers and adventure seekers. This island is continually rated as one of the best island holiday destinations in the world on Trip Advisor, and it’s not just because of the white beaches and palm trees. The East Coast of Borocay Island offers visitors the thrill of kite surfer and paragliding, and climb Mount Luho for panoramic views of the island. In the evening, travelers enjoy a vibrant nightlife and mouth-watering food at the many restaurants available. Borocay Island is the destination for thrill seekers.

The bountiful Philippines provides more than enough to keep you occupied, whatever your reason for travel. This growing medical tourism hub is visited by travelers from all over the world seeking cosmetic, dental and medical treatment. Cosmetic Holiday’s Philippines offers a full concierge service for it’s clients and can advise you on the best surgeons and accommodation for your needs. Contact them today or check out the available Philippines packages of the Taqtik online health marketplace today.
CategoriesCosmetic Surgery

International hospital and practitioner accreditation.

Safety records in USA

Accreditation for international hospitals and practitioners varies depending on your destination. The United States monitors and maintains safety records with:

There are also various citizen watch groups that monitor the relative safety of individual hospitals and medical practitioners in the United States.

International Safety Records

Accreditation information will be available for international hospitals and practitioners in your destination country. If you’re travelling internationally contact whichever accrediting agency monitors the medical safety in your destination. To find out more about international agencies 

All Taqtik Health providers have international or national accreditations that comply with the best clinical and business practices in the world.

How Taqtik can help

All TaqTik providers have international and/or national accreditations. This is your assurance that they comply with the best clinical and business practices in the world.

TaqTik also requires that partners comply with all local regulations. Taqtik partners have trained at the world’s leading medical and dental institutions, and have extensive surgical and clinical experience. TaqTik Health visits each facility to confirm that it meets the very highest standards of comfort, convenience, and services that our patients expect.

Find out more about the available accreditation agencies in your destination with Taqtik Health here.


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