KK: I wouldn’t expect you to have the exact amount, but have you quantified the compensation that was withheld based on this over a period of time?
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AS: When you count all the specialists and everyone else, it is going to be millions and millions of dollars in uncompensated care, and you know that makes a difference over time.
KK: Andy, would you summarize in one or two sentences your feelings about Irv’s contribution to the health care delivery system in California?
AS: Irv is a visionary when it comes to the understanding of health care economics and the importance of being reimbursed properly for lifesaving services. He has put real dollars, real money behind it, and I think the result is that the safety net in California is much stronger. Physicians may not realize it, but I think he has made a real difference in their reimbursement and therefore in the staffing and the lives of not only the physicians and the hospitals but the patients, too.