I'm back with another scootyworker story. For those of you who don't want to go through the whole series of threads here's a short recap: Scootyworker is a morbidly obese guy with uncontrolled diabetes that used to "work" for the company. Basically all he did was sit in his scootypuff outside the job site, swept up and unlocked the door for other workers and inspectors. Anytime his beetus would flair up in the form of his legs swelling up to double the size he would ignore it and in his own words go "I'm just going to keep my leg raised and drink beer and eat some cake." Then 2 years ago at Thanksgiving he ate himself into diabetic shock and had to be rushed to the hospital, where he has stayed for the past 2 year and 15-20 surgeries. He would occasionally hit up me or my coworker to bring him beetus money while in the hospital.
Jumping back to the now. We haven't heard from Scootyworker for a good couple of months so we kind of figured he was dead. That was until this week when he called both me and my coworker asking if we could bring him like 100 bucks. Because he didn't want to eat hospital food for Thanksgiving and wanted to order special food in.
So this got me thinking. How much has he leeched off the system in his two years in the hospital? Having nothing better to do I looked up some statistics. So now the next time someone brings up being fat doesn't negatively impact society as a whole you can show them this:
Average cost in my state for a hospital stay - 2,100(rounding down to 2,000 for math)
730 days come thanksgiving will be - 1,460,000
Average cost for inpatient surgery is roughly $10,000. This was really hard to judge because I don't know what surgeries he had done. All I know is there were at least 15 and perhaps 20(maybe a few more now). But I decided to go with 20.
20 surgeries - $200,000
But wait! There is more! Scootyworker also collects disability, welfare and Social Security as he is 100% disabled.
The combined total of the disability, welfare and SS pretty much max out at $2,500. So we are looking at $60,000
Then there's his food stamps(which I presume he sells his card to someone and uses the cash for non covered food...being in the hospital and all). As a single person he is entitled to approx. $150 a month. That's $3,600. The cheapest thing on this list.
Think we are done? Nope! Remember all those government programs he has been mooching off of for the past 30 years? They also mean that his housing is completely subsidized by the government. The apartment he has not lived in for the past 2 years is still paid for in full. This was also hard to calculate but I went with the max amount I know they will subsidize up to which is 2,000 a month. $48,000 while in the hospital.
For a grand total of: $1,771,600
Now that's a lot. But there is probably much more. That is only the stuff I was able to calculate. I have no idea what other services they are providing him in the hospital and other treatments. This hidden cost could also swell that figure well into two million. Not to mention the incalculable cost of this dude just taking up space for 2 years in a hospital in a bed that could go to an actual sick person. And that is also forgetting the last 30 years of this dude's adult life on the system. And at this point there is no sign that he will ever be released from the hospital.