With regards rural living, the big concern is the provision of emergency services. ‘Getting around’ is easy, but getting the help you need when you need is more challenging. This seems to be an area that technology can revolutionise.
With regards health care, we’re moving into an era of remote access to medical services and continuous monitoring through devices. This can alert doctors in advance of issues becoming critical. Another aspect of health care is that people who live in remote areas should educate themselves on Remote Emergency Care. They should be able to deal with common emergencies as effectively as a paramedic until help arrives. People should learn to recognise a possible transient ischemic attack, the signs of a heart attack, how to use a defibrillator etc etc.
Ambulances in the next 20-30 years won’t drive on roads. They’ll be smaller versions of the rescue helicopters. They’ll get to more emergencies faster and have better outcomes. At present an ambulance could have a two hour round trip to an emergency while a helicopter could do the same trip in half an hour or less.