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    3MM@ Female 13-17
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    September 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm
    Link: Man Dies From Toothache, No Big Deal, Right? - We`ll things like this might happen more and more if America`s unemployment level rises. I hope Obama`s job plan works.
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    Tacos4Brkfst Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    " he received prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medications. Willis couldn`t afford both, so he chose the pain medications."

    welp.


    Also, It could have been taken care of and have arranged $5/month token payments until he could afford more.


    Sucks the dudes dead, but just sayin.. Should have opted for the antibiotics over the painmeds.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm
    I hope Obama`s job plan works.


    <SPOILER ALERT>







    IT WON`T!
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    medic1971 Male 30-39
    200 posts
    September 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    What a sad story..

    The two common antibiotics used to treat this type of infection are penicillin or Clindamycin. PCN is very cheap even without insurance, but the Clindamycin is not. i suspect that he was allergic to PCN and had to go with the Clindamycin.

    This should not have happend..
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    icaruschild Female 18-29
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    September 10, 2011 at 3:55 pm
    Have to say that I do love the NHS - it is by no means perfect, but it`s something.
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    nettech98 Male 50-59
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    September 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    First off, he didn`t die from a toothache. He died from an infection.

    Secondly, where I live, several local grocery chains will fill generic antibiotic prescriptions for FREE. Granted that may not be everywhere and not everyone may know about it, but a totally needless death either way.

    Most people don`t realize that poor dental health can actually lead to heart problems!
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    September 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm
    This is National news!? Crap I have heard this kind of story almost 2 or 3 times a year from friends who knew such. This has been happening for decades.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    September 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm
    Aside from Marijuana as a pain killer. Here is how to make a natural Penicillin tea that does work.

    Just for IAB FYI or take it or leave it.

    http://preparedcitizenwsg.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-make-penicillin-tea.html
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    Rawrg Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm
    Yes, universal healthcare would`ve saved him until it bankrupts our government and then everyone`s screwed.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm
    Seriously ? Amoxicillin or Cephalexin does not really cost that much. and a bottle of Benzocaine for the pain is maybe $8.
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    drummeryan Male 13-17
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    September 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm
    when wil you guys learn from canada!!!
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    korahn Male 30-39
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    September 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm
    If given the choice between painkillers and antibiotics, TAKE the antibiotics. Sure you will still hurt like a mofo, but after the meds are done, the infection will be gone as will the pain. Dental and prescriptions aren`t covered by our medicare either, but antibiotics and tons`o`ibuprofen worked for me when mine started swelling up a couple months ago.
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    Dad4Life Male 50-59
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    September 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm
    Every drug company has programs to help people who can not afford medicine, plus many doctors have oodles of samples to give.
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    September 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm
    Rawg, maybe the goverment wouldn`t go bankrupt if we tax an extra 5% of the kind of people in yacht cluns.
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    Yap71 Male 30-39
    150 posts
    September 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm
    Whats that? i cant hear you over the sound
    of my free healthcare. Just kidding, nobodies health care is perfect, even up here in Canada we could use some improvement, i think we can all take a hint from European countries.
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    PringleMan Female 13-17
    1356 posts
    September 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm
    how sad... when people in the first world die from tooth infection.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2011 at 10:49 pm
    Don`t worry, Bazza fixed this by taxing the poor and bankrupting the nation.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    September 10, 2011 at 11:07 pm
    I think it`s pretty sick of liberals to exploit this tragedy to justify a government takeover of the health care industry. He could have gone to any emergency room, been seen by a doctor, and gotten a prescription. Wal-mart will fill prescriptions for most antibiotics for $5.

    My question, though, is not whether he was really too poor to afford a free doctor, but what else did he spend his money on. I`d wager he had a large flat-screen TV with cable, a smart phone, and a car that`s newer than mine.

    We all make choices -- some better than others.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    September 10, 2011 at 11:21 pm
    wow.. thats sad
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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
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    September 10, 2011 at 11:34 pm
    I pay €305 (that`s $416 USD/CAD, £262) a month for my healthcare here in Germany. It`s outstanding (but at that price it bloody well better had be). They force me to go for a dental check up every 6 months (or face increasing premiums if I don`t), but the rest of it is great. You`d think. But no.

    The bad news; went to my dentist recently, I`m new to him so he xrayed my teeth, and claimed one of them had a cavity that needed sorting out. My arse. Nobody has ever said that before, and they`d been xrayed by a dental professor for something else about 3 months before. He was trying it on, to get me to have unnecessary treatment.
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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
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    September 10, 2011 at 11:34 pm
    Why the hell can`t this site cope with the euro character, that`s rubbish, one of the worlds major currencies...
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    8BitHero Male 18-29
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    September 11, 2011 at 2:07 am
    Damn :/
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    Flibmeister Female 18-29
    833 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 2:46 am
    even in a country with national healthcare we have to ay for dental treatment. it`s subsidised, but still can become expensive AND not everyone can find a dentist who will offer the subsidised service. I know people here who avoid the dentist as they see it as an uneccesary expense!
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    Nihil_Sine Male 18-29
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    September 11, 2011 at 2:49 am
    If you don`t have poo when it come to health coverage, and you know you have a tooth that hurts like drating hell, would`t you grab a pliers and pull the damn thing out. It would be cheaper in the long run to replace a tooth vs. the doc`s fee, antibiotics, and pain relievers combined.

    BTW Old Ollie, you can`t get $5 prescriptions from
    Wal-mart in all states. Some require a pharmacist owned pharmacy.
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
    1920 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 2:58 am
    Sorry but this guy died from ignorance, not a lack of medical care.

    "When his face started swelling and his head began to ache, Willis went to the emergency room, where he received prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medications."

    Not only was he seen in a hospital with no money, he could have gotten his antibiotics for little or no money.

    As for his need for dental surgery, most dental schools will see people for little or no money.
    Granted they will be treated by dental students, but it is always under the supervision of experienced dental professors, and the work will be checked by more than one person. When I was 19, I worked as a dishwasher, and had no insurance. I had an impacted wisdom tooth removed as well as had a root canal on the tooth in front of it done for free at a dental school.
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    LuckyDave Male 18-29
    675 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 3:04 am
    A 40% higher risk of death if you don`t have health insurance... I always thought death was inevitable no matter who you are. Huh, go figure. :\
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    dragosal Male 18-29
    1630 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 3:52 am
    80$ for an impacted tooth removal? I WISH! the dentists around me are drating pirates. they want 300$ a tooth
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    Grumpdock Male 13-17
    317 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 4:54 am
    We will things like this happen more and more..?
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    abrxax Male 18-29
    73 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 5:12 am
    Anny one ever gone to an American ER with out money or health insurance. Firs you get a bill from the ER. Then you get a bill from the DR. Then you get a bill form the nurse. Got tests done. Thats a separate bill. all told your in the hole for 5 to 6 thousand $$. Ever look at a insurance statement? The ER billed $1,000. Blue cross pays.....$200 Dr billed $2,000 for setting the bone. Blue cross pays......$800 But goddamnit that Dr wants all of his $2,000 from you. He and his office will make sure that you can`t get a good job cause they will destroy your credit rating. They will sue you to get it. Thats what min wage gets you. Too rich for help but too poor to pay. And that antibiotic was more like $300-500 range. Pain killers are cheap. 30 day supply of generic hydrocodone is like $20-30
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    abrxax Male 18-29
    73 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 5:15 am
    There is more dignity getting robbed at gun point. At least you know what they want.
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    paddy215 Male 18-29
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    September 11, 2011 at 5:51 am
    "But ya couldn`t he have gone to the ER?"

    "Not only was he seen in a hospital with no money, he could have gotten his antibiotics for little or no money."

    "He could have gone to any emergency room, been seen by a doctor, and gotten a prescription."

    From the article:

    "When his face started swelling and his head began to ache, Willis went to the emergency room, where he received prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medications. Willis COULDN`T AFFORD both"

    FFS, if you`re too lazy to read the article then don`t comment on it. You`re opinion is worthless.
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    kairobert Male 18-29
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    September 11, 2011 at 5:56 am
    "how sad... when people in the first world die from tooth infection."

    USA is a first world country?
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    gwardog Female 18-29
    30 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 6:02 am
    Well, poo. I haven`t brushed my teeth in years. Maybe I should start.
    Naaah.
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    insane_ai Male 30-39
    736 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 6:22 am
    There is no excuse for this. There are free dental clinics in Cincinnati just like every other major city in America. There are also dental colleges that do work for free. Many gorcery stores and drug stores are competing with free or less than $5 prescriptions. If that isn`t enough, there are plenty of churches in the area that would help someone like this.

    There is no right to health care or any other service for that matter. He could have gotten free care from those who openly volunteer it. He was too stupid to ask for help and paid the price.

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    beternal Male 18-29
    2589 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 7:31 am
    America: If you can`t afford the healthcare... We`ll let you die

    NHS FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Damshek Male 18-29
    49 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 8:11 am
    I`m sorry, but who in his right mind would choose pain killers over antibiotics?
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    slut_etta Female 50-59
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    September 11, 2011 at 8:16 am
    i always thought this was an urban myth until i typed records on a guy with the same problem. he was in ICU in a coma for ages; not sure if he survived either.
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    jeepjones Male 30-39
    554 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 8:54 am
    The Canadian Health Care System doesn`t look so bad now does it.
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    Jade_Phoenix Female 18-29
    407 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 9:04 am
    @ abrxax I have been there. I miscarried in December of 2009, and because I began hemorrhaging so badly went to the emergency room though I had no medical insurance. They put a port into my veins but never hooked me up to an IV. The ran tons of diagnostic tests and sent me home with nothing more than a sympathetic pat on the back and the feeling that I had done nothing more than waste four hours of my life. When the bill arrived ($8,000), I nearly shat myself. $8,000 to be told that nature would have to take it`s course and I would have to heal (physically and mentally) on my own.
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    OutWest Male 50-59
    546 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 10:45 am
    ... This is the reason that we should have Government run healthcare.

    In fact the government should make all decisions for us, and take care of us. We shouldn`t have to work, or cook our meals, or raise our children, or pay electricity bills. God forbid, someone might die without their electricity.

    Oh... and pay my car expenses, and deliver groceries, mow the yard of the house the Government provides to me.

    Then, we can all be equal, and enjoy life as the Government intended.

    Thank you for this story, and I am sorry he had to suffer to save us all.

    Peace and Love....
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    gbrzeatetee Male 30-39
    174 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm
    @OldOllie: I agree. Just because the current system let a few honest people die in pain in order to save a few bucks it doesn`t mean that we should become a socialist country.

    It`s a reminder to people that they better work hard and become a congressman if they want good healthcare.
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    jadedtortois Female 18-29
    779 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm
    I don`t understand how the sentiment of NOT being a socialist over shadows the obvious need for a semi-socialist state. Historically a happy healthy population adds more to the overall economy because they are able to work, pay taxes, pay off debts, etc.

    America really needs to take some inspiration from Europe and Canada, because at least in Canada right now, our debt is a minor hiccup compared to the American recession. Oh an we don`t die of drating tooth infections, and the cost to get that fixed is less that $100
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    OutWest Male 50-59
    546 posts
    September 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm
    Being a little socialist is like being a little pregnant, isn`t it? You either are or you are not.

    Thank you for your ideas and with all due respect to your beliefs I don`t think we want to be Europe or Canada. Oh... and I hope we never will.

    With all due respect.
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    keith2 Male 18-29
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    September 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm
    I`m getting mine pulled at a university dental school for around $110 including x-rays and all that. My pain meds were only around 20 to hold me over till my appointment, and certain places sell antibiotics for $5. All with no dental insurance. No its not free but it`s not outrageous either. A minimum wage worker can afford that. Which means get a damn job.
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    Oystah Female 40-49
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    September 12, 2011 at 7:54 am
    Should say man dies of infection by choosing pain killer over antibiotic.
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    YugureKage Female 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 8:16 am
    I totally support socialism. If it were easier to immigrate to Great Britain, or Finland I would. This is just awful...and while he did seem to make a stupid choice in getting the pain meds, I can`t say I blame him. Antibiotics are often expensive. Perhaps the antibiotics were more expensive than the pain meds. It`s easy to judge when you aren`t in this kind of situation.
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    DingDingDong Male 30-39
    1511 posts
    September 12, 2011 at 8:34 am
    When I became unemployed, I bought my own private health insurance. It`s called being responsible. Also, Rx antibiotics are $5 at Walmart. Also, health insurance usually doesn`t include dental coverage. Also, he probably had an iPhone which he made sure to pay each month.
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    DingDingDong Male 30-39
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    September 12, 2011 at 8:41 am
    I pay for my own health insurance (I`m self-employed). It`s only $79/month.
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    NottaSpy Male 40-49
    881 posts
    September 12, 2011 at 10:52 am
    I will never understand the Conservative point of view on this. They are fanatically patriotic, but feel that you are responsible for only yourself. The whole purpose of a country is that it can better protect and provide for its citizens than individual states. States are better at it than individual cities, and cities better than single family homes, and families better than individuals.

    We have failed when the least powerful among us are denied their very lives.
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    Kalimata Male 30-39
    661 posts
    September 12, 2011 at 11:47 am
    I have trouble understanding the all out freakfest that some are having over the prospect of a government provided health care system.

    It`s either one extreme or the other for some of you. You can have social aid networks without becoming the Soviet Union for Buddha`s sake. Seriously, providing care for everyone is not a bad thing.
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    September 14, 2011 at 5:43 am
    Diagnosed with an infection, he chooses pain medication over anti biotics!
    F*cking moron.
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    Linkenberger Male 18-29
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    September 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm
    I support Kalimata.

    I think Americans are most disgusted with the fact that their taxes would go to pay for someone else`s medical needs. I would gladly let some of my taxes go to making sure the people I share this land with stay healthy. I may not use the healthcare system enough to get my personal moneys worth, but in the long run it`s worth it.

    You probably see it like mandatory gratuities. I see it more like raising our standard of health.

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