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Notos 29th Nov 2015, 4:22 AM edit delete
Chapter 8 begins! Thanks for the patience during the hiatus, kinda weird knowing it was the last one! It should all be on-schedule until the end now.

Big thanks to Johnathan and Chantal who donated to the comic last week, appreciate the support!

See you next Sunday!
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JerrBear81 29th Nov 2015, 4:53 AM edit delete reply
Yea... I don't blame them for zoning out there. They both almost lost one of the most important people in the world to them, if not the most important; and all the hospital wants to talk about is how much credit they'll need!
chris-tar 29th Nov 2015, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
This issue strikes a chord with a lot of people here in the U.S. I think. We have one of the most overly expensive health care systems in the world, and it can crush people financially, especially in an economy that already can't keep up with the cost of living as it is. I really wish there were a way to make a lot of the essentials of life cheaper, like housing, food, and health care, but I guess its impossible. Oh well. Great update.
Notos 29th Nov 2015, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
Yeah I have American relatives and hear the horror stories about the costs of health care. Our system has it's own problems mind you, waiting lists are massive, sometimes to the point of elderly dying before getting the care they needed.
Jayson 30th Nov 2015, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
I'm Canadian as well, and totally agree that our system is far from perfect. However, I don't think I would ever give it up and move elsewhere. :)
Jayson 30th Nov 2015, 5:57 AM edit delete reply
It's not impossible. There's more than enough to go around; people just need to get better at sharing it. :)
Melk 30th Nov 2015, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
Heh, if you think housing and food in the US is bad, I don't recommend you ever visit Venezuela.
Sylvia 20th Dec 2015, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
I'm from the US and yeah, healthcare here is really fucking expensive. I learned this week that were the US healthcare system to split off from the rest of the country, it would be the 5th largest economy in the world. Also drug manufacturers here can charge whatever they want by law, so they frequently overcharge by hundreds of dollars, causing unnecessary debt and death. Isn't communism great.
Sanbai 29th Nov 2015, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
This hits pretty hard in the US of A. Almost every post-industrial nation has better and cheaper healthcare than we do. I would totally zone out too, thinking of how much it would cost. I even told my Mum on the phone the other day, that if I got in a car accident and was in a coma, to just pull the plug. No way would I be a financial block to my hard working family. Let me go play in the clouds, I'll be just fine!
Admiral Jane 29th Nov 2015, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
Admiral Jane
Arg! The a nightmare for so many of us. They take an oat to do no harm, and yet the first thing so many medical institutes do is stick their hand into your wallet.
Notos 29th Nov 2015, 10:54 PM edit delete reply
Yep I know it's rough for you guys, up it Canada we have our own problems, it's cheaper but waiting lists are insane.
Bear 30th Nov 2015, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
...but you DO have the option of private care, same as us in Oz, eh? IT's bloody ludicrous, as I saw someone quote on Facebook, that they could fly from the USA to Spain, learn the language for 6 months,book and pay for an op and fly home, all for about half what the op alone would cost them "back home" ! ..I saw the notify in my stuff, and almost didn't look at the page, thinking it'd just be another hiatus thing ! B-)
MoonByte 29th Nov 2015, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
And once more I am grateful that I would not have to worry about any like this in my country.
It is already horrible enough to be horrified and worried for the life and health of a loved one, who wants to think about ruining yourself to give them care, too...
Guest 29th Nov 2015, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
Text in last four bubbles are blurred for me?! O_o
I can't read what doc said but even without that... :(
Guest 29th Nov 2015, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
The last few bubbles are intentionally blurred. It's to represent them zoning out. THey heard the pricetag, everything else is just white noise after that.
Grall 29th Nov 2015, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
Great update, Notos.
I suppose I shouldn't be surprised to find Fridge waltzing in after all that.
Notos 29th Nov 2015, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
Fridge definitely provides a different kind of social awkwardness than Vinnie.
Jordan Gray 29th Nov 2015, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
Jordan Gray
Christ. I remember when my partner was in hospital and we were talking about prognoses and options. If the next step had been considering imminent bankruptcy… :(

My sincere thanks to Nye Bevan and the NHS, is all I can say. Hope Galvin takes to the new arm without too many problems. Can't help but wonder if this might prompt them to consider becoming autonoms.
JerrBear81 29th Nov 2015, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
On the upside, they're more-than-capable of being Autonoms. But, the huge downside of no system to fall back on probably keeps too many people from doing it.

I wonder how someone like me (Neuromuscular Conditions might not be synth-compliant) would fare in such a system?
Jordan Gray 2nd Dec 2015, 1:37 AM edit delete reply
Jordan Gray
Neuromuscular conditions… Hmm. I'm guessing the drugs would be damn expensive; since we haven't seen much in the way of concessions to poverty in this setting, it would likely depend largely on what you can afford. :(

You've probably already wondered this, but I wonder if SRTs would be a viable treatment option for some neuromuscular conditions? I suspect those which directly affect the brain directly like ALS would be… tricky, but depending on how much of the peripheral nervous system can be replaced, it could work seamlessly for someone with MG.
MoonByte 29th Nov 2015, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
I assume rather that this will eat up the big money stash that Galvin had until now, making him equal to Vinnie regarding finances. Not perfect, but I assume, everyone will survive it.
JerrBear81 29th Nov 2015, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
Notos 29th Nov 2015, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
Glad everything seemed to work out! Healthcare related stuff can certainly be nightmares.
Bear 30th Nov 2015, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm....I was SO lucky to be born/brought up in Britain, then move (at 30) to Oz. I had kidney failure at 54, a couple of years dialysis, then a transplant. NO financial worries ans stress whatsoever ! Like most 'kids' I thought the USA was wonderful and wished I'd lived there. Then I grew up.... B-)
Jordan Gray 2nd Dec 2015, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
Jordan Gray
@Notos… Unfortunately not, but it's been five years and it's kind of you to say so anyway. :)
justsomeguy 30th Nov 2015, 5:55 AM edit delete reply
Well, medicine is a business and big business for doctors and pharmaceutical companies. I hope Galvin has health insurance.
celebkiriedhel 30th Nov 2015, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
After living in Ireland, and then returning to Australia, I am thankful everyday for the Australian Health system.

Poor Vinnie and Mackie - I hope they do have enough money to cover it.
Guest 30th Nov 2015, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
They don't have enough, at least Vinnie and Mackie don't. If they sold Cross Auto and 'dipped' into whatever is left from the settlement they might be able to do the down payment then all work like dogs at HCC for the next two decades to pay off the remainder. :(
JerrBear81 30th Nov 2015, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Well, there's always options. I wonder if anyone chooses not to undergo Synth Implants.

Though, maybe one reason Synth is "the only option" is that anyone not taking the option faces severe discrimination.
pikinanou 2nd Dec 2015, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
it's always about the money :( It's not surprising in this universe, where everything costs something.
JerrBear81 4th Dec 2015, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
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