Two international Rural Pioneering notes this week:

We couldn’t help but notice the article in The Atlantic this week which talks about the growth rate of healthcare delivery in rural China.

While things are not exactly speedy here in the USA, healthcare in most rural areas isn’t too bad.  Many cities with populations of 25,000 and up have reasonable emergency health care and, in the event of a serious illness, transportation to a regional medical center is common.

With the arrival of the Affordable Care Act, things should improve even more.  However, there are a couple of footnotes of interest here.

1.  Consider when you buy land, signing up for the growing availability of helicopter emergency medical services.  Many charge only a modest per-family fee (user pool concept, everyone pays) but if you ever need it, there’s nothing like a med-evac helo on demand.

2.  The second thing – and we’re planning to acquire one – is an automatic external defibrillator.  Everyone in your family should get used to operating one and pick up an American Heart Association training course (or Red Cross) which are widely available.

3.  If you plan to tackle Rural Pioneering in your senior years, be advised that you may have to budget about $100 more per month in rural areas…so investigate all options closely, especially if you are on a limited budget or fixed income.

Global Benefit From the Great Depression

There was an amazing story, when you think about, that showed up this week on the All Africa website as “Nigeria: FG Sets Aside N16 Billion for Electrification of Rural Communities.”

It may help to know that “FG” means federal government there, but what strikes us are two useful points.

The first is that as Africa works itself out of a long term period of exploitation and the fallout from regional HIV/AIDS issues, they are following the US Depression-era model of getting “power to the people” as a first step for development.

The second thing to notice is that rural electrification programs, like this one, may mean that once additional foreign aid comes into the region, it will be able to raise standards of living along the lines of what has gone on in South America.

 


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