In Spider-Man (2002), we can see that his bitten hand is very swollen and he was feeling bad, to the point of losing his consciousness.

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Why didn't he call an ambulance or something? Didn't he realize that the spider might be venomous?

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The film's official novelisation indicates that like many dirt-poor people in America, he was trying to save a buck and hoped that it would just get better on its own.

He'd been an idiot, a total idiot. Trying to save Aunt May and Uncle Ben a few bucks on a doctor, when he'd obviously been poisoned by that . . . that stupid, stupid spider. Well, enough was already way too much. He was going to standup, throw open the door, call down to Aunt May and Uncle Ben that he was sick and they should haul him immediately to the ER while alerting the toxicology and animal venom unit—presuming there were such things—that they were going to have a major case on their hands.

At least, that was what his mind was telling his body he was about to do. His body, however, wasn't the least bit interested in cooperating. Instead, just when he thought it couldn't hurt any more, it got worse.

His legs curled up into a fetal position, and sweat was pouring off his body like a sumo wrestler working a Stairmaster. The carpet beneath his head was soaked with perspiration, and he was shaking uncontrollably, extreme heat and lethal chills taking turns pounding through his system. His teeth were chattering, and if he'd been able to make it to a mirror, he would have seen that his eyes were sunken, his face the color of vanilla pudding.

He made one final effort to stand, but it would have been impossible to tell by looking at him, because he didn't budge from the floor. Instead he curled up even tighter, his arms clutching around his legs, drawing his knees up to just under his chin. His eyes rolled up into the top of his head, and the final jolt of pain was too overwhelming for him to handle.With a final, low moan, he passed out dead away. Under his lids, his eyes continued to flutter.

Spider-Man - Official Novelisation

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    That makes it yet another movie that would have made no sense if it were set outside the US :P
    – Erik
    Commented Sep 23, 2017 at 20:49
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    @Erik glad someone said it
    – Broklynite
    Commented Sep 24, 2017 at 0:53
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    i deleted my comment immediately, QPaysTaxes, you are correct, I apologise. I'm just getting very fed up with every subject somehow being shifted into hateful political agenda. It's a question about spiderman, for goodness sake. how is this an invitation to spit on a nation?
    – NOP
    Commented Sep 24, 2017 at 8:26
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    @NOP - Nobody's spitting on America, we're merely commenting on the fact that your health care system appears to benefit everyone but the sick
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 24, 2017 at 8:29
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    @NOP - The intent of the question was to ask why he didn't call a doctor or an ambulance. The answer merely happens to be that he was worried about the expense. Without the additional commentary, those living in countries with non-insane healthcare systems might simply not understand that thinking.
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 24, 2017 at 8:44

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