How should you prepare for a world in which medical care is either non-existent, difficult to access, or prohibitively expensive? Gain treatment knowledge now, ASAP! Get ready to take care of everything from simple to complex, and have enough supplies on hand. Stock up on everything! You will need everyday items such as “durable (medical) goods” and “equipment”, much of this being available over the counter today.
It’s also very important to gain a working knowledge of alternative herbal, “medicine,” now. Learn how to treat minor ailments and symptoms using herbs. 3000 years of herbs…that can’t be all wrong, now can it?
At some point, in a collapse scenario, you will need to be able to somehow secure professional medical services, to include everything up to potential, necessary operations. Nothing will stop people from getting ill and needing operations then, as now, and it may be more necessary then than now, actually. Without an available surgeon around, how do you prepare for these operations? Most probably this will have to come from the closest surgeon in garage operation, post-collapse! (Ha. You think I’m kidding, right? Go to Haiti and find out!)
For this, you need to try to cultivate a relationship with a physician who lives in your local area, one who has the necessary equipment and advanced medical care experience. A specialist possibly, but more likely an M.D. This will not be easy to do in today’s world, I know, but when the SHTF (as I’ve seen occur in Haiti), those who have special skills will become available for doing just what they were trained to do before, even if it isn’t in a pristine hospital or clinic. You may have to travel, and it may cost a lot of money (or whatever we are using at the time for “money”), but when your life or a loved one’s life is in jeopardy, you’ll do just about anything to get this help, I promise!
In that day, there will be very few “unnecessary operations” compared with what goes on right now. Your job then will be to become what we medical professionals call a, “desirable patient”. You will need, most likely, some form of payment to cover the cost of whatever medical care you can find. Here’s where barter comes back into this country’s picture as in the days of old. Yep, it’s going to be VERY different then, and staying healthy now would be one of the best means of avoiding or preventing dire medical issues in the future. Prevention is the Key!” This word needs to come back into our vocabulary now ASAP!