In a time when there are many questions about timely access to medical services, I will not comment on whether or not the services provided in cities - where hospitals are more likely to be nearby - are better than those provided in rural areas, but I will offer an informal checklist that I would use in considering this issue before purchasing a rural property.
1) Are there family doctors in the area that are taking new clients?
2) What is the distance to a full-service hospital? Where are the ambulances stationed, and what would be the approximate time required to get to this hospital if an ambulance was called?
3) What is the distance to the nearest centre with an appropriate number of specialists?
4) If there are smaller hospitals in the area, what are their reputations, and do they have helipads for airlift evacuation to larger hospitals if that is required?
5) What is the usual waiting time in the Emergency Department at your local hospital?
6) If you are interested in alternative medical procedures and therapies, are there qualified practitioners in the area? Are there sources for herbal or homeopathic treatment?