A legendary Worcester drunkard has run up an annual bill of close to $3 million in ambulance rides and ER trips!!!
Have you ever ridden in an ambulance? It’s pretty expensive – $1,500 a ride!! But that’s what health insurance is for. You pay into it because $1,500 is an insane amount of money for a three mile ride to a hospital. Well there’s one guy in Worcester who apparently rides the ambulance on a daily basis for fun. His name is Derek Thomas, and you may recognize him as one of the sign guys on Park Ave and Main Street:
Apparently this guy just gets drunk all day, passes out, and gets a free ride with fire and ambulance. We’ve got inside information that last week he rode the ambulance FIVE TIMES in one day. These pictures were provided to us by a neighborhood resident who apparently has run afoul of this guy:
From what we’ve been told, this guy gets taken for a ride to the ER about 2-3 times a day on average. The average ER visit costs roughly $1,500. So we’re talking $3,000 per trip. Multiply that by 2.5 trips and you get $7,500. And he doesn’t take holidays off either, so when you multiply $7,500 times 365 days this is what you get:
LOL. $2.73 million a year for one guy. Believe it or not this upstanding gentleman doesn’t have health insurance, so guess who’s paying for this? You got it – IT’S YOU!!! That joke is always on YOU in Massachusetts. Haven’t you figured that out yet?
The best part is that Massachusetts law dictates that the patient can determine which hospital they go to. And Derek Thomas found out that UMass will section 35 him (send him to 28 days of court ordered rehab), but St. Vincent’s does not. So even in his drunkest stupor, he still has the wherewithal to demand to be taken to St. V’s.
Look, I don’t know what the solution is here. I guess one thing that could be done is forcing St. V’s to mandate court ordered rehab. But the bottom line is there will always be guys like this out there. The only thing we can do is make it harder for them to affect the quality of life of everyone else. For instance, no more panhandling. Oh wait, we had one of those ordinances but then Tracy Novick sued the city and won in federal court.
Here’s my solution – tell him to sleep it off. Because at the end of the day he’s an adult making adult decisions. If he wants to get drunk all day and lie in a pile of his own piss then I say let him. Why are we wasting money on a guy whose only goal for the day is to take a taxpayer funded ride to the hospital?