The exactly same thing will happen if they do not provide the service to undeveloped areas, the patient suffers and possibly dies. Any effort to do something is better than doing nothing despite the risks involved.
Sure, but there's a few more options than doing this and doing nothing. For example, if the connection is so unreliable would you rather have someone on-site try doing it under audio/video/photo/sketch/text guidance and if the connection breaks down he'll just have to wing it or do you really want a remotely operated robot that'll leave you stranded when the connection fails. Not to mention the latter is harsh, but maybe needed on-the-job training. And if you want remotely operated robots, well you need some pretty advanced skills to maintain and repair them so you might just replace one skill they don't have for another.