Stored long term food, water, self generated electricity, hybrid & human powered vehicles, a producing garden, weapons, munitions----what could be next?
Failures in emergency services response, overall medical supply, electricity failure crippling advanced medical technology, the inability for service technicians to travel long distances for medical machinery repairs, pay failures to Doctors and hospital staff. All of these problems occurred during the crashes of both the Russian and the Argentine economic systems. If a complete failure does not occur additional issues may be the overloading of medical processes by population demands or a pricing structure out of range. The long descent will effect medical care as we know it in a drastic manner over time.
Trained medics-- natural healers, herbalists, massage therapists will be in tremendous demand as the only remaining functional medical system at hand. The ability to mentally switch to a health care process where a mid-wife is the pregnancy go to person, a herbalist is your prescription source, and a healer is your doctor will be necessary for survival.
Herbalists will take the place of the local pharmacist since the majority of pharmacists cannot create medicines from naturally growing ingredients---they are mixers of chemically built and produced materials unobtainable during a collapse. Paramedics, and first aid trained individuals (such as myself) will also be in demand...although our usefulness will be limited to our first responder knowledge base.
In addition to seeking out,supporting and protecting natural healers and first responder trained individuals as part of our personal health network we must be independently equipped in advance for emergency first aid. This coming month will be first aid supply month for our purchases. First purchase will be a large field med kit modeled on the military squad med bag....second purchase will be a small pocket or pouch size first aid kit for on person carry---followed by a dental emergency kit, suture kit, and two cases of chemical cold packs...(since ice for injuries can be somewhat difficult to locate on demand in our desert)
One's mental attitude toward health and wellness must change in a collapsed society---injury or illness prevention should always be present in ones thoughts while engaged in any activity. Personal hygiene both dental and physical are of the utmost importance along with a return to the recognition that every action may have a devastating health or injury reaction--a broken leg could lead to amputation as in the 1860's...a cold could lead to consumption and death with no antibiotics available on demand. In other words, no screwing around as we now do with the built in backup of "the Doc can sew that back on for me." Your thought patterns must change. Your concept of available medicine will have to change---if not social Darwinism will go to work on you.