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The collateral source rule embodies the venerable concept that a person who has invested years of insurance premiums to assure his medical care should receive the benefits of his thrift. The tortfeasor should not garner the benefits of his victim's providence. See Thompson v. Mattucci (1963) 223 Cal.App.2d 208, 209-210 [35 Cal.Rptr. 741] (Blue Cross payment for hospital bills does not reduce plaintiff's recovery); Gersick v. Shilling (1950) 97 Cal.App.2d 641, 649-650 [218 P.2d 583] (error to have admitted testimony that plaintiff's medical bills had been paid by Blue Cross or that plaintiff had received United States Employment Service disability payments). In Lewis v. County of Contra Costa (1955) 130 Cal.App.2d 176 [278 P.2d 756], the court held that the collateral source rule prohibited the trial court from admitting evidence that at the time of the accident plaintiff had accumulated sufficient sick leave to cover the period of his disablement. The court reasoned that 'In a very real sense of the term it is as if he had drawn upon his savings account in an amount equal to his salary during the period of his disablement.' (130 Cal.App.2d at pp. 178-179. See also Purcell v. ...

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