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4th Aug '17 1:16:28 PM ironballs16
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4th Aug '17 1:16:03 PM ironballs16
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-->''Opening Scene:''' Walter White sits in his doctor's office. The Doctor looks at him seriously.\\

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26th Jun '17 3:05:51 AM MAI742
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One way of getting around the USA's public health system's criteria is to make the curation of the patient's affliction an 'optional' treatment or a procedure that requires a specialized doctor to be brought in for any chance of success, skirting the federal law in that they're not ''refusing'' to give care because the patient is indigent, but not providing a specific ''kind'' of care. Even outside the USA, experimental treatment that's only available in one country is a way to make the HealthcareMotivation trope universal: state or private insurance might cover the treatment itself, but probably not the plane tickets and other expenses. One also has to look at the time period involved -- some of those "duty to care" laws are relatively recent, or have had poor enforcement in the past. And in some cases, hospital administrators might believe it's cheaper to pay fines than bankrupt themselves over a particularly expensive patient.

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One way of getting around the USA's public health system's criteria is to make the curation of classify curing the patient's affliction as an 'optional' treatment or a procedure that requires a specialized doctor to be brought in for any chance of success, skirting the federal law in that they're not ''refusing'' to give care because the patient is indigent, but not providing a specific ''kind'' of care. Even outside the USA, experimental treatment that's only available in one country is a way to make the HealthcareMotivation trope universal: state or private insurance might cover the treatment itself, but probably not the plane tickets and other expenses. One also has to look at the time period involved -- some of those "duty to care" laws are relatively recent, or have had poor enforcement in the past. And in some cases, hospital administrators might believe it's cheaper to pay fines than bankrupt themselves over a particularly expensive patient.
26th Jun '17 3:04:11 AM MAI742
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Saving themselves or a dying family member/lover/friend is a great motivation for a character to do (morally questionable) things that they otherwise might not, especially if money-grubbing private hospitals refuse to treat people without insurance unless they're paid cash upfront (this does actually happen, sadly). Whether it's [[Workaholic working themselves to the bone]], getting indebted [[LoanShark to shady characters]], participating in [[TheMostDangerousGame gladiatorial blood-sports]], being a mercenary/hitman, or [[SingleMomStripper selling their body]] - [[HealthcareMotivation love can inspire them to do all sorts of unusual things]].

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Saving themselves or a dying family member/lover/friend is a great motivation for a character to do (morally questionable) things that they otherwise might not, especially if money-grubbing private hospitals refuse to treat people without insurance unless they're paid cash upfront (this does actually happen, sadly). Whether it's [[Workaholic [[{{Workaholic}} working themselves to the bone]], getting indebted [[LoanShark to shady characters]], participating in [[TheMostDangerousGame gladiatorial blood-sports]], being a mercenary/hitman, or [[SingleMomStripper selling their body]] - [[HealthcareMotivation love can inspire them to do all sorts of unusual things]].
26th Jun '17 3:03:22 AM MAI742
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In countries where the healthcare sector is [[UsefulNotes/Capitalism mostly or entirely run for profit]], as a result of very poor or non-existent [[UsefulNotes/Socialism universal (publicly-provided or state-monitored) healthcare]], healthcare providers and insurers prioritise profit generation over the survival and wellbeing of the population.

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In countries where the healthcare sector is [[UsefulNotes/Capitalism [[UsefulNotes/{{Capitalism}} mostly or entirely run for profit]], as a result of very poor or non-existent [[UsefulNotes/Socialism [[UsefulNotes/{{Socialism}} universal (publicly-provided or state-monitored) healthcare]], healthcare providers and insurers prioritise profit generation over the survival and wellbeing of the population.
26th Jun '17 3:03:02 AM MAI742
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In countries that have little or no public health-care system, the financial cost of medical intervention or treatment can increase very rapidly. And a situation where a vital operation can't be performed because of a lack of money is just what the RuleOfDrama ordered. Thus, if a story takes place in such a country (or even in countries with social security) it is not unusual for one of the characters to be motivated by a family member or friend afflicted by [[SoapOperaDisease some rare degenerative disease]]. Since the doctors won't give any treatment if they are not paid cash upfront (the rarer the disease, the more expensive the treatment), this character will have no choice but to participate in some game, tournament, borrow money or simply work night and day (not ruling out [[SingleMomStripper sex work]] even for a character who otherwise wouldn't consider such a thing), anything that will earn him enough money for the treatment. Failure may result in a MissingMom, DisappearedDad, and the likes.

Much as this trope is often a case of poor research, it can very well be TruthInTelevision, depending on the case.

In the US at least it is illegal to deny care, even if the patient can't pay, but these laws often only apply to stabilizing a patient who needs emergency care. Some things are classed as aesthetic (fixing a cleft palate) and therefore optional, and some problems come up with organ transplants and certain pricey cancer treatments (which may or may not be deemed "experimental" treatments). Most western countries except the USA have some form of universal healthcare system which pays for most, or all, of someone's essential healthcare costs, so this trope is less likely to be used (or justified) in those countries.

It is also often an optional treatment or a procedure that requires a specialized doctor to be brought in for any chance of success, skirting the law in that they're not ''refusing'' to give care because the patient is indigent, but not providing a specific ''kind'' of care. Experimental treatment that's only available in one country is also a popular justification; state or private insurance might cover the treatment itself, but probably not the plane tickets and other expenses. One also has to look at the time period involved -- some of those "duty to care" laws are relatively recent, or have had poor enforcement in the past. And in some cases, hospital administrators might believe it's cheaper to pay fines than bankrupt themselves over a particularly expensive patient.

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In countries that have little or no public health-care system, the financial cost of medical intervention or treatment can increase very rapidly. And a situation where the healthcare sector is [[UsefulNotes/Capitalism mostly or entirely run for profit]], as a vital operation can't be performed because result of a lack very poor or non-existent [[UsefulNotes/Socialism universal (publicly-provided or state-monitored) healthcare]], healthcare providers and insurers prioritise profit generation over the survival and wellbeing of money is just what the population.

Poor healthcare systems kill and ruin the lives of actual people, but are great fodder for
the RuleOfDrama ordered. Thus, if a story takes place in such a country (or given that working- and even in countries with social security) it is not unusual for one of the middle-class characters to can be motivated by just one perfectly ordinary accident (foreign body, broken bone, lopped-off finger) or medical condition (myopia, 'flu, diabetes) - let alone SoapOperaDisease - away from being completely bankrupted or dying.

Saving themselves or
a dying family member or friend afflicted by [[SoapOperaDisease some rare degenerative disease]]. Since the doctors won't give any treatment if member/lover/friend is a great motivation for a character to do (morally questionable) things that they are not otherwise might not, especially if money-grubbing private hospitals refuse to treat people without insurance unless they're paid cash upfront (the rarer (this does actually happen, sadly). Whether it's [[Workaholic working themselves to the disease, the more expensive the treatment), this character will have no choice but bone]], getting indebted [[LoanShark to participate shady characters]], participating in some game, tournament, borrow money [[TheMostDangerousGame gladiatorial blood-sports]], being a mercenary/hitman, or simply work night and day (not ruling out [[SingleMomStripper sex work]] even for a character who otherwise wouldn't consider such a thing), anything that will earn him enough money for the treatment. Failure may result in a MissingMom, DisappearedDad, and the likes.

Much as this trope is often a case of poor research, it
selling their body]] - [[HealthcareMotivation love can very well be TruthInTelevision, depending on the case.

In the US at least it is illegal
inspire them to deny care, even if the patient can't pay, but these laws often only apply to stabilizing a patient who needs emergency care. Some things are classed as aesthetic (fixing a cleft palate) and therefore optional, and some problems come up with organ transplants and certain pricey cancer treatments (which may or may not be deemed "experimental" treatments). Most western countries except the do all sorts of unusual things]].

The
USA ''does'' have some form of universal healthcare a (poor) public health system which pays covers emergency treatments. But AsYouKnow, many (tens of) thousands of deaths ensue annually from preventable or treatable conditions which are allowed to fester because they do not meet the 'emergency' criteria until they have passed the point by which the patient's life can actually be saved. Their public system is also notoriously miserly with 'aesthetic' conditions which do not significantly impair the patient's quality-of-life, and so-called 'experimental' treatments. Of the 35 OECD (Organisation for most, or all, Economic Co-operation and Development, which includes all but four of someone's essential healthcare costs, the world's wealthiest) countries only Mexico and the USA don't have Universal Healthcare (defined as curbing profit-seeking by providers and covering both preventative care and 'aesthetic' conditions), so this trope is less likely virtually absent in non-US international media.

One way of getting around the USA's public health system's criteria is
to be used (or justified) in those countries.

It is also often
make the curation of the patient's affliction an optional 'optional' treatment or a procedure that requires a specialized doctor to be brought in for any chance of success, skirting the federal law in that they're not ''refusing'' to give care because the patient is indigent, but not providing a specific ''kind'' of care. Experimental Even outside the USA, experimental treatment that's only available in one country is also a popular justification; way to make the HealthcareMotivation trope universal: state or private insurance might cover the treatment itself, but probably not the plane tickets and other expenses. One also has to look at the time period involved -- some of those "duty to care" laws are relatively recent, or have had poor enforcement in the past. And in some cases, hospital administrators might believe it's cheaper to pay fines than bankrupt themselves over a particularly expensive patient.
24th Jun '17 9:58:58 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'', Lunlun befriends the kids of an OrphanageOfLove in Southern Italy, who are looking for a treasure from WorldWarTwo supposedly buried near the orphanage so they can get money for the local IllGirl's eye operation. [[spoiler:They find it -- and it's actually ''a not-detonated bomb''. As the police and the press arrive and the whole country's attention is on them, the desperate kids refuse to hand the bomb over ''even when the IllGirl pleads with them AND the GoldfishPoopGang [[KickTheDog tries to detonate it]]'', and Lunlun then explains the situation to the camera and begs people for donations. This works: the girl is soon operated on and it's implied some good-hearted people are offering to adopt the children.]]

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* In ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'', Lunlun befriends the kids of an OrphanageOfLove in Southern Italy, who are looking for a treasure from WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII supposedly buried near the orphanage so they can get money for the local IllGirl's eye operation. [[spoiler:They find it -- and it's actually ''a not-detonated bomb''. As the police and the press arrive and the whole country's attention is on them, the desperate kids refuse to hand the bomb over ''even when the IllGirl pleads with them AND the GoldfishPoopGang [[KickTheDog tries to detonate it]]'', and Lunlun then explains the situation to the camera and begs people for donations. This works: the girl is soon operated on and it's implied some good-hearted people are offering to adopt the children.]]
8th Jun '17 8:06:01 PM Luigifan
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* What motivates Jonouchi/Joey in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' for entering the Duelist Kingdom Tournament is to pay a treatment to his soon-to-be-blind little sister Shizuka/Serenity with the huge reward. Double subverted as he loses in the last round, but is still essentially given the money by another sympathetic competitor [[spoiler:(his best friend Yugi)]].
* The title character of ''Anime/MaiHime'' tires herself out working in order to transfer her sick little brother in a hospital where he can be treated properly.

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* What motivates Jonouchi/Joey in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' for entering the Duelist Kingdom Tournament is to pay for a treatment to for his soon-to-be-blind little sister Shizuka/Serenity with the huge reward. Double subverted as he loses in the last round, but is still essentially given the money by another sympathetic competitor [[spoiler:(his best friend Yugi)]].
* The title character of ''Anime/MaiHime'' tires herself out working in order to transfer her sick little brother in to a hospital where he can be treated properly.



** Subverted by [[spoiler:Masako]]. Her younger brother [[spoiler:Mario]] is in a similar situation, but while she accepts [[spoiler:Sanetoshi]]'s DealWithTheDevil she later rebels against him and tries to get [[spoiler:her ''other'' brother]] Kanba to do the same.

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** Subverted by [[spoiler:Masako]]. Her younger brother [[spoiler:Mario]] is in a similar situation, but while she accepts [[spoiler:Sanetoshi]]'s DealWithTheDevil DealWithTheDevil, she later rebels against him and tries to get [[spoiler:her ''other'' brother]] Kanba to do the same.



* In ''Manga/{{Ratman}}'', ANK Security's corporate-sponsored [[SmugSuper hero]] comes across as a real Jerkass, intentionally putting innocent lives at greater risk by sabotaging a sprinkler system during a fire in a crowded hotel specifically so his rescue efforts will seem more impressive. At first, he claims that heroism itself died when corporate sponsorship became typical, and boasts about basking in money and prestige. It's only later when we discover that Ankaiser's mother has steep medical bills, and both money, prestige, and how impressive his fights become are all vital to keeping his Hero Rank and corporate sponsorship going.

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* In ''Manga/{{Ratman}}'', ANK Security's corporate-sponsored [[SmugSuper hero]] comes across as a real Jerkass, {{Jerkass}}, intentionally putting innocent lives at greater risk by sabotaging a sprinkler system during a fire in a crowded hotel specifically so his rescue efforts will seem more impressive. At first, he claims that heroism itself died when corporate sponsorship became typical, and boasts about basking in money and prestige. It's only later when that we discover that Ankaiser's mother has steep medical bills, and both money, prestige, and how impressive his fights become are all vital to keeping his Hero Rank and corporate sponsorship going.



** O-Ren has been working in a brothel since she was 13 to pay for her mother's treatment. It's implied several other prostitutes are in the same boat.
** Giichi became a government spy to take care of his son, who dies part way through the story.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the first indication the viewer gets that [[spoiler:Toji Suzuhara]] is the Fourth Child is when some people are heard discussing [[spoiler:his]] deciding to the pilot on the condition that [[spoiler:his little sister]] gets medical treatment with NERV, and [[spoiler:Toji]] is shown walking down the halls of the hospital while this is heard.
* In ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'', Enchu's desire to support his sick and poor mother fuels his efforts to become an Executor. This is possibly deconstructed when the committee deciding whether he or Muhyo would be promoted was concerned about his preoccupation with his sick mother. Their concerns are not entirely unfounded, as her death, combined with his being passed over, triggers his FaceHeelTurn [[spoiler:[[JustAsPlanned just as Teeki planned when he killed her]]]].

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** O-Ren has been working in a brothel since she was 13 to pay for her mother's treatment. It's implied that several other prostitutes are in the same boat.
** Giichi became a government spy to take care of his son, who dies part way partway through the story.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the first indication the viewer gets that [[spoiler:Toji Suzuhara]] is the Fourth Child is when some people are heard discussing [[spoiler:his]] deciding to be the pilot on the condition that [[spoiler:his little sister]] gets medical treatment with NERV, and [[spoiler:Toji]] is shown walking down the halls of the hospital while this is heard.
* In ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'', Enchu's desire to support his sick and poor mother fuels his efforts to become an Executor. This is possibly deconstructed when the committee deciding whether he or Muhyo would be promoted was concerned about his preoccupation with his sick mother. Their concerns are not entirely unfounded, as her death, combined with his being passed over, triggers his FaceHeelTurn [[spoiler:[[JustAsPlanned [[spoiler:([[JustAsPlanned just as Teeki planned when he killed her]]]].her]])]].



* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler:Akira and Natsumi]] sell themselves into slavery in [[spoiler:the Magical World]] to get the medicines for an ill [[spoiler:Ako]]. While she gets better soon, said meds are so expensive that she has to sell herself as well. Negi finds out and signs up at a local tournament to raise money and release them, [[spoiler: which works very well.]]

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* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler:Akira and Natsumi]] sell themselves into slavery in [[spoiler:the Magical World]] to get the medicines for an ill [[spoiler:Ako]]. While she gets better soon, said meds are so expensive that she has to sell herself as well. Negi finds out and signs up at a local tournament to raise money and release them, [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which works very well.]]well]].



* In ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'', Lunlun befriends the kids of an OrphanageOfLove in Southern Italy, who are looking for a treasure from WorldWarTwo supposedly buried near the orphanage so they can get money for the local IllGirl's eye operation. [[spoiler: They find it -- and it's actually ''a not-detonated bomb''. As the police and the press arrive and the whole country's attention are on them, the desperate kids refuse to hand the bomb over ''even when the IllGirl pleads with them AND [[KickTheDog the GoldfishPoopGang tries to detonate it]]'', and Lunlun then explains the situation to the camera and begs people for donations. This works: the girl is soon operated and it's implied some good-hearted people are offering to adopt the children.]]

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* In ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'', Lunlun befriends the kids of an OrphanageOfLove in Southern Italy, who are looking for a treasure from WorldWarTwo supposedly buried near the orphanage so they can get money for the local IllGirl's eye operation. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They find it -- and it's actually ''a not-detonated bomb''. As the police and the press arrive and the whole country's attention are is on them, the desperate kids refuse to hand the bomb over ''even when the IllGirl pleads with them AND [[KickTheDog the GoldfishPoopGang [[KickTheDog tries to detonate it]]'', and Lunlun then explains the situation to the camera and begs people for donations. This works: the girl is soon operated on and it's implied some good-hearted people are offering to adopt the children.]]



* It often was ComicBook/SpiderMan's motivation himself - his aunt May needs either medicine or an operation. The classic "Master Planner" story was probably the best example.

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* It often was ComicBook/SpiderMan's motivation himself - -- his aunt May needs either medicine or an operation. The classic "Master Planner" story was probably the best example.



* On an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'', one couple end up doing porn to pay for their daughter's expensive cystic fibrosis treatment. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, it turns out Mommy Dearest ''liked'' the job a little too much, and ends up [[MissingMom skipping off to Vegas]] hoping to break a porn record or two.]]
* The Turkish SoapOpera ''Binbir Gece'' (VERY loosely based on ''Literature/ArabianNights'') has the beautiful DeterminedWidow Sehrzat, whose son Kaan has leukemia. Having been rejected by her dead husband's family and being desperate for any source of moeny to pay for the treatment, she's stuck with an offer from her ''very'' handsome boss Onur (who has been crushin on her for a while): he will put up enough "dough"... [[SleepingWithTheBoss on the condition that she spends a whole night with him.]]

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* On an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'', one couple end up doing porn to pay for their daughter's expensive cystic fibrosis treatment. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it turns out Mommy Dearest ''liked'' the job a little too much, and ends up [[MissingMom skipping off to Vegas]] hoping to break a porn record or two.]]
* The Turkish SoapOpera ''Binbir Gece'' (VERY loosely based on ''Literature/ArabianNights'') has the beautiful DeterminedWidow Sehrzat, whose son Kaan has leukemia. Having been rejected by her dead husband's family and being desperate for any source of moeny to pay for the treatment, she's stuck with an offer from her ''very'' handsome boss Onur (who has been crushin crushing on her for a while): he will put up enough "dough"... [[SleepingWithTheBoss on the condition that she spends a whole night with him.]]



** In SFIV, Dhalsim's motivation isn't that different. He wants to find Seth and confront him on how a S.I.N has built a dam far upstream blocking a river that provides water (and trade, fishing, etc.) to his village. His ending shows the damn being demolished and the river being reclaimed by the happy villagers.
* ''[[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Art of Fighting 2]]'': King entered the King of Fighters to win the money she needed to fund her kid brother, Jan's, operation. While she didn't win, Ryo and Robert pooled their winnings to fund the operation for her, [[LaserGuidedKarma as thanks for helping them save Yuri the year before.]]

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** In SFIV, Dhalsim's motivation isn't that different. He wants to find Seth and confront him on how a S.I.N N. has built a dam far upstream blocking a river that provides water (and trade, fishing, etc.) to his village. His ending shows the damn being demolished and the river being reclaimed by the happy villagers.
* ''[[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Art of Fighting 2]]'': King entered the King of Fighters to win the money she needed to fund her kid brother, Jan's, operation. While she didn't win, Ryo and Robert pooled their winnings to fund the operation for her, [[LaserGuidedKarma as thanks for helping them save Yuri the year before.]]before]].



* Emitai, one of your opponents in the Contest of Champions in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFire3'', is fighting to get money for his ill daughter's operation. [[spoiler:Subverted when you find out he's lying about the illness - he's conning his opponents into throwing the fights out of sympathy. When you beat him, he grudgingly admits being impressed you didn't fall for it, while his wife chews him out for not being convincing enough.]]
* As mentioned below, in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem Blazing Sword]] Dorcas starts as a bandit to earn money for the medicine his wife Natalie needs. After being steered away from it and joining Lyndis's group, he switches to the non-criminal motivation, and in either Eliwood's or Hector's routes he and his best friend Bartre join the troops to earn the money they still are in need of. If Dorcas makes it to the end, he gets said money and meds, and Natalie starts recovering soon.

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* Emitai, one of your opponents in the Contest of Champions in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFire3'', is fighting to get money for his ill daughter's operation. [[spoiler:Subverted when you find out he's lying about the illness - -- he's conning his opponents into throwing the fights out of sympathy. When you beat him, he grudgingly admits to being impressed you didn't fall for it, while his wife chews him out for not being convincing enough.]]
* As mentioned below, in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem Emblem: Blazing Sword]] Sword]]'', Dorcas starts as a bandit to earn money for the medicine his wife Natalie needs. After being steered away from it and joining Lyndis's group, he switches to the non-criminal motivation, and in either Eliwood's or Hector's routes he and his best friend Bartre join the troops to earn the money they still are in need of. If Dorcas makes it to the end, he gets said money and meds, and Natalie starts recovering soon.



* Sparrowson's [[spoiler: hospitalization over eating a poisoned wrapper]] in case 2 of ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' leads to a very dismaying bill, but a doctor offers to lower it if he can get a successful inventor to finally pay a bill ''he'' has due.

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* Sparrowson's [[spoiler: hospitalization [[spoiler:hospitalization over eating a poisoned wrapper]] in case 2 of ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' leads to a very dismaying bill, but a doctor offers to lower it if he can get a successful inventor to finally pay a bill ''he'' has due.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Applejack wants to go to the Grand Galloping Gala to set up shop there and raise enough money to, among other things, buy a new hip for Granny Smith.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Applejack wants to go to the Grand Galloping Gala to set up shop there and raise enough money to, among other things, buy a new hip for Granny Smith.



* In ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'', this was the motivation behind [[spoiler:the lockpick Dario]]'s DarkAndTroubledPast in the Italy arc. [[spoiler:He needed money for his son's medicine and the local bank robbers offered him a part of the money to be stolen in exchange for him using his lockpicking skills for their benefit.]] It backfired horribly: [[spoiler:they got caught, Dario ''barely'' escaped but became a fugitive, and for worse [[ShootTheShaggyDog his kid died]].]]
* In ''Anime/WeissKreuz'', it's revealed early on that the reason Ran "Aya" Fujimiya became an assassin, and takes any job he's given (even though they are given the option to refuse jobs they don't like), is because his little sister Aya-chan is in a coma after an accident [[spoiler: (which turns out to ''not'' have been accidental)]], and he took up the work to pay for her medical bills. [[spoiler: She wakes up and recovers later.]]

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* In ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'', this was the motivation behind [[spoiler:the lockpick Dario]]'s DarkAndTroubledPast in the Italy arc. [[spoiler:He needed money for his son's medicine and the local bank robbers offered him a part of the money to be stolen in exchange for him using his lockpicking skills for their benefit.]] It backfired horribly: [[spoiler:they got caught, Dario ''barely'' escaped but became a fugitive, and for worse [[ShootTheShaggyDog his kid died]].]]
* In ''Anime/WeissKreuz'', it's revealed early on that the reason Ran "Aya" Fujimiya became an assassin, and takes any job he's given (even though they are given the option to refuse jobs they don't like), is because his little sister Aya-chan is in a coma after an accident [[spoiler: (which [[spoiler:(which turns out to ''not'' have been accidental)]], and he took up the work to pay for her medical bills. [[spoiler: She wakes up and recovers later.]]



* In ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}'', Felon often uses his powers for shady jobs in order to raise money to get his severely autistic brother, Lil' Bro, out of ComicBook/DistrictX and into a school where he can get the care he needs. He ultimately takes on New York pimp Zebra Daddy's job to track down a [[ComicBook/{{X 23}} runaway prostitute]]. [[spoiler:When Zebra Daddy decides to kill X and everyone else involved, it results in a HeelFaceTurn]].
* ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'': A general supplies military weapon to criminals to pay for his wife's cancer treatment and commits suicide when Batman finds him.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}'', Felon often uses his powers for shady jobs in order to raise money to get his severely autistic brother, Lil' Bro, out of ComicBook/DistrictX and into a school where he can get the care he needs. He ultimately takes on New York pimp Zebra Daddy's job to track down a [[ComicBook/{{X 23}} runaway prostitute]]. [[spoiler:When Zebra Daddy decides to kill X and everyone else involved, it results in a HeelFaceTurn]].
HeelFaceTurn.]]
* ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'': A general supplies military weapon weapons to criminals to pay for his wife's cancer treatment and commits suicide when Batman finds him.



* The whole premise of ''Film/JohnQ'', a (rather {{Anvilicious}} for many) critique of the American health-care system. After failing to earn enough money to operate on his son Michael, John Quincy Archibald [[TakeAThirdOption Takes A Third Option]] and takes the hospital hostage, demanding a free treatment [[spoiler:and brewing a ThanatosGambit to get himself killed and donate his own heart to his kid. Even when John is eventually subdued, Michael is saved and it's strongly implied that John will leave jail rather soo, probably due to his desperate circumstances.]]

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* The whole premise of ''Film/JohnQ'', a (rather {{Anvilicious}} for many) critique of the American health-care system. After failing to earn enough money to operate on his son Michael, John Quincy Archibald [[TakeAThirdOption Takes A Third Option]] and takes the hospital hostage, demanding a free treatment [[spoiler:and brewing a ThanatosGambit to get himself killed and donate his own heart to his kid. Even when John is eventually subdued, Michael is saved and it's strongly implied that John will leave jail rather soo, soon, probably due to his desperate circumstances.]]



* Johnny, of ''Film/JohnnyDangerously'', became the famous gangster that he is to pay for his mother's increasingly high medical bills (the more money Johnny acquires, the higher the price the doctor charges...)
* In ''Film/DirtyWork'', the protagonists start their revenge business to raise the $50,000 a gambling addict doctor needs to pay off his bookies so he will be alive to operate on the father of one of the protagonists (who turns out to be the father of the other protagonist too).

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* Johnny, of ''Film/JohnnyDangerously'', became the famous gangster that he is to pay for his mother's increasingly high medical bills (the more money Johnny acquires, [[MovingTheGoalposts the higher the price the doctor charges...)
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* In ''Film/DirtyWork'', the protagonists start their revenge business to raise the $50,000 a gambling addict doctor needs to pay off his bookies so he will be alive to operate on the father of one of the protagonists (who turns out to be the father of the other protagonist protagonist, too).



* There's a whole season arc of ''Series/FridayNightLights'' around this--Mindy's pregnancy isn't going well, but lacking health insurance, Billy can't afford to get her hospitalized and ensure she and the baby are stable. So what does he do? [[spoiler:He starts stripping cars for money.]]

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* There's a whole season arc of ''Series/FridayNightLights'' around this--Mindy's this -- Mindy's pregnancy isn't going well, but lacking health insurance, Billy can't afford to get her hospitalized and ensure she and the baby are stable. So what does he do? [[spoiler:He starts stripping cars for money.]]



* Subverted by ''Series/BreakingBad''. Walter ostensibly gets into the meth trade in order to help pay for [[spoiler: first]] his [[spoiler: and later, Hank's]] medical care and provide for his family after he's gone. However, very early in the series some wealthy friends [[ShouldntYouStopStealing offer him a well-paying job with excellent health insurance]] and then to pay his bills outright, both of which he [[FatalFlaw refuses out of pride]]. Although he continues to use this as an excuse, both to himself and others, [[YouKeepTellingYourselfThat it quickly becomes clear to the audience]] that his real reasons are less noble.

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* Subverted by ''Series/BreakingBad''. Walter ostensibly gets into the meth trade in order to help pay for [[spoiler: first]] [[spoiler:first]] his [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and later, Hank's]] medical care and provide for his family after he's gone. However, very early in the series series, some wealthy friends [[ShouldntYouStopStealing offer him a well-paying job with excellent health insurance]] and then to pay his bills outright, both of which he [[FatalFlaw refuses out of pride]]. Although he continues to use this as an excuse, both to himself and others, [[YouKeepTellingYourselfThat it quickly becomes clear to the audience]] that his real reasons are less noble.



* There is an episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' where a man who is an artist has been killing people to paint their death scenes. His significant other discovers this and is badly injured trying to get away - at the hospital, he finds out that she can only be saved by an extremely expensive specialist, so he goes out to the parking lot and kills someone so he can sell the painting for the money to pay. [[spoiler:The person he killed was the specialist, so it didn't matter anyway.]]

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* There is an episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' where a man who is an artist has been killing people to paint their death scenes. His significant other discovers this and is badly injured trying to get away - -- at the hospital, he finds out that she can only be saved by an extremely expensive specialist, so he goes out to the parking lot and kills someone so he can sell the painting for the money to pay. [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:[[{{Irony}} The person he killed was the specialist, specialist]], so it didn't matter anyway.]]



** In [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword]]'', Dorcas joins up with a group of bandits to earn money the medicine his IllGirl wife needs. Fortunately, Lyn is there to straighten him out.

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** In [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword]]'', Dorcas joins up with a group of bandits to earn money for the medicine his IllGirl wife needs. Fortunately, Lyn is there to straighten him out.



** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', [[CountryMouse Holland]] joins some bandits to get enough money to take care of his heavily pregnant wife. The player must keep the guy alive to recruit a certain girl who is also press-ganged by the bandits and whom he struck an OddFriendship with: [[spoiler: Cordelia's KidFromTheFuture, Severa.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', [[CountryMouse Holland]] joins some bandits to get enough money to take care of his heavily pregnant wife. The player must keep the guy alive to recruit a certain girl who is also press-ganged by the bandits and whom he struck an OddFriendship with: [[spoiler: Cordelia's [[spoiler:Cordelia's KidFromTheFuture, Severa.]]



* In one storyarc of ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'', a man becomes the assistant of a doctor who is working on inventing a new treatment that could potentially cure the man's wife's terminal illness. [[spoiler:Then he discovers the doctor molesting the children he is using for his "clinical trials".]] The man agrees to keep quiet because he wants to save his wife. In a bit of karmic backlash, his wife is horrified when the man admits the truth and the stress kills her. The man has to endure Purgatory and at least one more life filled with hardship and pain before he can be reunited with her. In fact this is why the doctor chose him to be his assistant. Someone who didn't have this kind of motivation would have reported him in a heartbeat.

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* In one storyarc of ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'', a man becomes the assistant of a doctor who is working on inventing a new treatment that could potentially cure the man's wife's terminal illness. [[spoiler:Then he discovers the doctor molesting the children he is using for his "clinical trials".]] The man agrees to keep quiet because he wants to save his wife. In a bit of karmic backlash, his wife is horrified when the man admits the truth and the stress kills her. The man has to endure Purgatory and at least one more life filled with hardship and pain before he can be reunited with her. In fact fact, this is why the doctor chose him to be his assistant. Someone who didn't have this kind of motivation would have reported him in a heartbeat.



-->'''Jane:''' This is just a job to me. I'm only doing it because my mom needs money for her operation. ''(next panel)'' Well it's more of a scheme really. She swears she just needs H⃒500 to crack the Shadowwood cluck cluck races wide open.

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-->'''Jane:''' This is just a job to me. I'm only doing it because my mom needs money for her operation. ''(next panel)'' Well Well, it's more of a scheme really. She swears she just needs H⃒500 to crack the Shadowwood cluck cluck races wide open.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': When Mr. Burns and several other employers decided to cancel their health plans, some people (Flanders included, to see how serious it was) decided to break the law to obtain medicine. It's different from most (if not all) other criminal examples is that the crime wasn't to get money to buy remedies but to bring the remedies themselves. They smuggled them from Canada.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': When Mr. Burns and several other employers decided to cancel their health plans, some people (Flanders included, to see how serious it was) decided to break the law to obtain medicine. It's different from most (if not all) other criminal examples is in that the crime wasn't to get money to buy remedies but to bring the remedies themselves. They smuggled them from Canada.



* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' example when they already received healthcare, but in debt. Joe Swanson has trouble with his medical bills resorting to a loan shark after Bonnie ''[[LongestPregnancyEver finally]]'' gave birth. He, Peter, Quagmire, and Cleveland attempt rob Carter's vault as their final act of desperation.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' example when they already received healthcare, but in debt. Joe Swanson has trouble with his medical bills resorting to a loan shark after Bonnie ''[[LongestPregnancyEver finally]]'' gave birth. He, Peter, Quagmire, and Cleveland attempt to rob Carter's vault as their final act of desperation.
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* Several IJustWantToBeNormal-type villains, notably the Rhino on Spider-Man's side of things and Killer Croc on Batman's, have this as their go-to motivation for knocking over a bank or taking some hit-job.
17th May '17 5:33:22 AM Clare
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* In 1969, psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg studied moral reasoning by presenting his subjects with a series of stories dealing with moral dilemmas and asking them if the people in the stories should (or shouldn't) have taken the actions they did and why. The most famous of these stories concerns a man whose wife desperately needs a drug which a local pharmacist has developed. However, the pharmacist is trying to make money off the drug and is charging far more for it than it costs to make. In the end, the man, having failed to obtain the drug through legitimate means, breaks into the pharmacy and steals the drug.

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* In 1969, psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg studied moral reasoning by presenting his subjects with a series of stories dealing with moral dilemmas and asking them if why the people in the stories should (or shouldn't) have taken the actions they did and why.did. The most famous of these stories concerns a man whose wife desperately needs a drug which a local pharmacist has developed. However, the pharmacist is trying to make money off the drug and is charging far more for it than it costs to make. In the end, the man, having failed to obtain the drug through legitimate means, breaks into the pharmacy and steals the drug.
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