I’m going to admit something: I totally forgot to bring this up. It just totally went out my head back in the beginning of this book. However, it is so very nice for Cassandra Clare to bring this up. I’m also willing to bet she won’t bring this up again. I just need to poke holes in this whole situation with Jocelyn’s medical bills.
First of all, I actually assumed that Luke was paying everything off by selling Valentine’s jewelry, which can still be the case. However, the way that Cassandra Clare wrote this, makes it seem that instead of selling off Valentine’s jewelry and other valuables that may have been left around, he’s just paying completely out of pocket for all of this.
Which leads me to ask: How is he funding this? It’s pretty clear that Luke hasn’t spent all much time at his antique shop, and I still don’t understand how he can afford waterfront property. Instead he has Maia maintaining it for him. However, Maia as someone who is untrained in antiques, and business can only do so much. He has been spending all of his free time at the hospital, and we have yet to see this man do any actual work.
And speaking of work, I have yet to see him deal with his duties as the Alpha or rather leader of the werewolf pack. I have also been complaining since the very beginning of this book that Luke has practically let Clary run roughshod over him, and just lets her do whatever she freaking wants.
So in the end, Luke is terribly irresponsible. However, to bring this post back on topic I’m going to ask two questions: If Luke is indeed paying for Jocelyn’s medical bills, then how is paying for it? If Clare wasn’t going to give Luke anything else to do other than obsessing over Jocelyn then, why did she write his ass in this series in the first damn place?
*Melissa’s comment: I don’t think this was ever actually explained how he was paying for all of this, but I have a couple of theories. I know that here you get billed for a hospital stay after you have been discharged, because everything needs to go through insurance and all of that. This leads to the question of how her insurance company is still allowing this stay in a private room and such. Most insurance companies, especially pre-ACA did not like people staying in the hospital and especially on life support, which Jocelyn has to be on since she’s comatose. It racks up a costs.
I’m breaking this shit down. I couldn’t find any figures for 2007 but I did find 2010 figures. I’m just doing this for an inpatient stay and not for life support included. Inpatient room cost in New York State was $1,906. Jocelyn has been there for about a month now. For 30 days that totals $48,270. That total is only slightly more than my one week stay, and that figure is the room at a non-profit hospital only. My stay included medications, co-pays, TV, food, and phone. Realistically this stay would already be close to $100,000 with medications, and other expenses still not including life support. I can even check this against bills for my grandmother when she was hospitalized for a month after her aorta ruptured back on 2010. If you add in the cost of life support which ranges from $2,000 per day up to $10,000 per day in an ICU which she would have to be in for life support. Going on the low end of the scale so $2,000 per day. That month of life support alone, at minimum would be $60,000. So already this is totaling $108,270, this is still not including medications any other necessities and hospitals love to jack up the price on those. GUYS THERE IS A REASON THAT THE AMERICAN MEDICAL SYSTEM IS KNOWN TO BANKRUPT PEOPLE. Unless she has really good insurance and it is extremely comprehensive, and will cover a hospital stay this long there, this bill alone would destroy anything she has financially, with or without insurance.
She’s a painter, she wont be making that much there’s no way she would, Especially in Manhattan. Luke is selling antiques, and spending every minute he can at the hospital. How does he even have a place to live? How does he still have waterfront property in Brooklyn? If he is selling Valentine’s jewelry and such, I’m unsure as to how he’s get enough to pay for any of this. Reselling jewelry isn’t lucrative. New York is one of the most expensive places to live. Monthly rent in Brooklyn in 2007 for a two bedroom apartment was about $2,000, for a single family town home with two rooms is around $4,000. Those are without utilities by the way. Manhattan is even worse depending where in Manhattan you are rent can be close to $1 million. They shouldn’t even have a place to live realistically with the medical expenses, WHO IS EARNING THIS MONEY? Does Jocelyn or Luke just have a couple million squirreled away for a rainy day? If so where did it come from? Are the Shadowhunters paying for all of this now because Jocelyn has resurfaced? That’s the only other explanation.
I’m sorry for this long thing guys but so many questions have been raised in my head.*