My father spent his career as an investigator at the Government Accountability Office, so I was listening to diatribes about the wasteful habits of government agencies while getting my diapers changed. He wasn’t the first or last to say that it will be a sad day indeed if the private sector ever gets lapped by the feds in terms of efficiency.

Now, after electronically thumbing through an executive summary of the IVANS 2012 Healthcare Provider Survey, I’m a little frightened we’ve arrived at that dark and dreary place. Ninety three percent of provider respondents—the vast majority business/administrative managers—said that Medicare was “fair” either all or most of the time with claims reimbursements, while 65 percent deemed Medicaid to be fair all/most of the time.

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