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(IOL.co.za)   Congratulations to Tony Collins, Guinness' record-breaker for waiting the longest to see a doctor   ( iol.co.za) divider line
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2003-01-30 12:04:52 PM  
Dude, what the hell? I thought we didn't link stories about or from Annanova. This is just an Annanova BASTARDIZATION which... Says a lot.

He said he did not know whether to laugh or cry: "I can think of better records to have. And unfortunately, it will probably be the sort of record that gets broken every day in the NHS." - Ananova.com

F them and their damn link stealing, pansy as$es.
2003-01-30 04:19:46 PM  
That's what socialized medicine is good for.
2003-01-30 04:19:50 PM  
As I am a somewhat close relative to Tony, I'd just like to say, that hearing this story from him is much more disturbing.
2003-01-30 04:21:17 PM  
Was this awarded posthumously?
2003-01-30 04:22:13 PM  
Wow, Isn't socialist medicine great?

2003-01-30 04:23:11 PM  
And the next award to go out is the Stupid Farker Award, to the headline writer that will make everyone think Tony Collins was recognized by Guinness beer. Or maybe Alec Guinness.

"Use the Force, Tony. Use the Force."

[image from online-shrine.com too old to be available]

2003-01-30 04:23:38 PM  
Gonna be a while? Have a snickers --

Doh, he's diabetic.
2003-01-30 04:24:29 PM  
Ace_Lightning, go have another look at the pissing NFL'er thread. Joke's over, asshat.
2003-01-30 04:28:09 PM  
Socialized medicine flamewar in 3...2...1...

2003-01-30 04:30:04 PM  
Tony Collins, 40, spent 77 hours and 30 minutes waiting for treatment.

And unfortunately, it will probably be the sort of record that gets broken every day in the NHS."

well, every 3-4 days at any rate.
2003-01-30 04:35:12 PM  
I have all these condoms and no way to use them!

Oops, wrong thread.
2003-01-30 04:35:58 PM  
Just think this is what Hillary Clinton wanted to do in 1994. Aren't we glad that went by the wayside?

That being said, yes I do agree that there is a lot we could do to help provide access to health care in the US but the socialized systems like our friends to the North or across the pond have is *not* the answer.
2003-01-30 04:37:58 PM  
I suppose waiting 77 hours is better than not having medical care at all.
2003-01-30 04:43:32 PM  
It's stories like these that make me rather desire two thumbs in my ass than ever possess a care that this event ever took place.
2003-01-30 04:44:02 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

I think this is appropriate...
2003-01-30 04:45:42 PM  
2003-01-30 04:46:39 PM  

2003-01-30 04:50:25 PM  
WTF? Does Guinness ever go to US military hospitals? Oh, my mistake, we keep people on the floor there instead of on gurneys (trolleys, whatever).
2003-01-30 04:51:29 PM  
Skinink--you do realize that the record book and the beer having the same name is not coincidental, right?
2003-01-30 04:56:10 PM  
That's nothing... My sister (who lives in New Zealand) was telling me about their health care. Some people have to wait a year for their appointment and when they miss it, they get letters about how they missed their appointment and won't be able to get another for a long time, yada yada. The reason they missed it though is because they died waiting.
2003-01-30 05:00:14 PM  
If we improve our health care system, the sickest 1% will benefit more than the rest of us.
2003-01-30 05:00:50 PM  
Yeah, the Guinesses are one and the same. Book was put out to settle bar bets in a calm, civilized fashion.

I thought, from the headline of this link, that the man had abstained the longest from seeing a doctor about his condition, and as a result had some sort of record-breaking goiter or enormous boil or growth of some sort. I was a little disappointed, actually.
2003-01-30 05:08:20 PM  
and as a result had some sort of record-breaking goiter or enormous boil or growth of some sort

I was thinking tumor actually. Then stupid me starts doing a GIS for "huge tumor", "masive tumor" and "overgrown tumor"

This was one of the "tamer" photos [linked]

you'll have to excuse me, while I go puke.
2003-01-30 05:08:45 PM  
Did not know. Man, I actually learned some actual facts on Fark. I thought the deep cold in Boston was natural, but now I realize it is from Hell freezing over.
2003-01-30 05:10:14 PM  
Healthcare is going down the tubes everywhere. Even here in the states, Doctors are so overbooked and so in the pockets of the pharmo-corps that they might as well wear paper hats that read "McMedicine."

I went to an orthopedic doctor about a chronic pain in my knee. He took x-rays and MRIs, saw that all my parts were attached, and told me "there's nothing wrong with you."

"But my knee hurts," I said.

"The only thing left that I can do for you is exploratory arthroscopic surgery," he said.

The punchline? I went to my chiaropractor and he yanked on one of the muscles behind my knee and my months-long pain disappeared. Just like that. And that asshat butcher of a doctor wanted to cut me open. That's western medicine for ya.

Doctors are trained to see people as collections of parts to cut up and work on like a car. They're trained to use brutal, invasive, and expensive proceedures which keep the pharmacutical giants in business. Freaking meat-mechanics is all they are.
2003-01-30 05:10:51 PM  
What do you expect from a country that only has 4 dentists? Poor man just needed a cleaning.


"And now, I'm just a big fluffy puppy with bad teeth."
-Spike (immitating Angel)
2003-01-30 05:12:31 PM  
Excellent point, Gsuffa!/
2003-01-30 05:14:45 PM  
Wow, thanks, CanuckGuy!
2003-01-30 05:15:42 PM  
Woo for socialized health care! Hey at least it was free, here in the US i'd have a $10 copay for that appointment.
2003-01-30 05:19:10 PM  
Speaking of going to doctors, there was a thread on Fark several months ago about ingrown toenails. I've had really bad ingrown toenails all my life. I used to rip them off with pliers and such. My big toe toenail was the same size as my pinky toe toenail. But the comments on that thread scared the crap out of me, so I forced myself to grow them out. After a few months of pain, and one really bad infection that made it hard to walk for a month, they finally grew out without any doctor visits.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank all you farkers for your stories that inspired me to finally grow out my toenails.
2003-01-30 05:20:12 PM  

2003-01-30 05:28:58 PM  
Why can't we have both?

First, a basic socialized health care system that will remove a bum's football sized tumor, set his broken arm, i.e. deal with immediate life-threatening problems; but NOT supply non-essential treatment like dental care, prosthetics or cosmetic stuff. This can be paid for with tax-dollars that would be freed up if we forced big corporations to actually pay taxes, ended the Drug War, abandoned all this Homeland Security bullshiat, and cut ALL forign aid in every form. I guarentee we'd have $$ left over to give back to taxpayers.

Second, let the medical insurance companies continue insuring people, free of a portion of their formal liabilities.

This system wouldn't be perfect, but I don't see why it's beyond our power to combine the best of both worlds.
2003-01-30 05:30:49 PM  
formal liabilities = former liabilities
2003-01-30 05:51:50 PM  
Reminds me of Toronto's medical system....
2003-01-30 05:55:16 PM  
Yeah, well it seems that Canada doesn't have greedy defense contractors eager to pump the world full of weapons, a nacent Police State-Lite, nor an Isreal on it's back to support.
2003-01-30 06:01:29 PM  
I had an easier time killing kittens watching a nerf football emerge from a woman's nether regions. Someone dump this article in favor of that chick who uses her breasts as a cupholder. Now THAT was cool.
2003-01-30 06:11:31 PM  
I just turn my head and cough...
2003-01-30 06:14:15 PM  
Sorry Skinink, I just read up to the word "Guinness" and stopped reading... mmmm Guinness.
2003-01-30 06:39:46 PM  
Where is Harmonia?
2003-01-30 06:44:21 PM  
Huzzah, I was born there! (as was Melinda Messenger and Billie Piper)

oh well...
2003-01-30 06:46:56 PM  
Mmmmmm.... Doctors.
2003-01-30 07:52:32 PM  
I had a followup doctors appointment to check my nose(broke it and they had to reset it) my appointment was at 8, by 11:30 I got called in for him to spend less then 30 seconds, I was freaking pissed...Seems to be as bad at every doctor I've been to around here....Same with dentists "Okay sit in this chair for 30 minutes then we'll come do something"
2003-01-30 08:44:58 PM  
Fha, don't forget XTC, they're from your neck of the woods, too.

And who can forget when the Brits tried to put a man on the moon? Swindon monitered him on a tuba.
2003-01-30 10:02:54 PM  
Enjoy that $10 co-pay. THe millions of folks without health insurance who are charged $60 and more just to walk in the door are subsidizing YOUR care.
2003-01-31 12:15:57 AM  
That's my Uncle's name... but don't think it is him.
2003-01-31 09:30:29 AM  
To bad for the "justice" system that it happened over there...if it had happened over here, millions would be available for the lawyers and investagators and the guy might even get half... and then the hostiptal rates would go up a little bit more....
2003-01-31 11:06:03 AM  
Go socialism!
2003-01-31 11:30:38 AM  
This is what happens when we let liberals have a say in running government. Libertarians baby!
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