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Homer Simpson is not a name you necessarily associate with safety and caution, but a new study has shown just how many hospital bills he would have racked up over the years.
From rodeo clown to human cannonball, Homer has done a lot of things that would bring harm to the human body.
Oh everything looks bad if you remember it. pic.twitter.com/9fcSdb3Scq
- Simpsons Quotes (@SimpsonsGreats) August 11, 2021
In fact, accident and injury law group Downtown L.A. Law Group has found that Homer's antics over the years would equal a total of US$143 million in medical bills.
Brain damage is unsurprisingly the top item on Homer's bill, costing a massive $1,525,500 (AUD$2.1 million).
Paralysis came next, costing Homer an estimated $508,904, followed by radiation exposure at $150,000.
Skull fracture, $100,000, and loss of consciousness, $80,000, rounded out the top five.
I'm one Snickers pie away from losing my foot to diabetes.
Mmm, Snickers pie.#WorldDiabetesDay pic.twitter.com/S1WpFOrWTM
- Homer Simpson (@Wisdom_Of_Homer) November 14, 2020
The team at Downtown L.A. Law Group looked at 50 memorable incidents from the show's 706 episodes across 31 seasons to come to the $143 million in medical bills, which is 443 times more than the average American.
The survey found that the most common injury Homer sustained was falls - whether it was down the stairs, off roofs or just through general clumsiness.
On 10 occasions from the 50, Homer broke numerous bones, which would cost him an estimated $48,000 each time.
Let's just take a moment here to throw thanks up to Gough Whitlam for introducing Medicare in Australia in 1975.
Homer's falls also often come with suspected concussions, running up $800 each for eight separate incidents.
Other accidents tracked included animals attacks and food poisoning - so we can safely say they spent a lot of time watching Homer eat his 10-foot sandwich.
Marge, I'd like to be alone with the sandwich for a moment. #SandwichDay pic.twitter.com/13Tk6P79kQ
- Homer Simpson (@Wisdom_Of_Homer) November 3, 2018
Based on the cost of 50 episodes, which worked out at $10,107,798, the group was able to equate that, over the course of 31 seasons, Homer would have racked up $143 million in medical bills.
The prices are calculated as if Homer didn't have medical insurance and Downtown L.A. points out that under the US' Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies can't refuse coverage or charge more because of serious pre-existing conditions.
Farid Yaghoubtil, senior trial attorney at Downtown L.A, said: "We carried out this research to hopefully share the importance of having adequate medical insurance as the costs for injuries can be extremely high.
"Whilst Homer Simpson is a fictional character, his injuries are very real, and examples of incidents that many people are entitled to compensation for.
"We hope this medical bill rap sheet encourages anyone who is considering it, to get health insurance and avoid paying the price."
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