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Best and worst states for doctors

Doctors are among the most highly paid, educated, and celebrated professions in the United States. The profession has also been undergoing intense change in recent years, with the Affordable Care Act, the rise of branded hospital networks, the impending retirement of baby boomers, and an increasingly litigious society all complicating the lives of doctors and providing pause to potential white-coats.

With that in mind, the personal finance website WalletHub has released a report, the Best & Worst States for Doctors I 2015. The report uses 12 key metrics, ranging from average annual wages and salary disparities to patient population size and state medical board punitiveness, to rank each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia.

According to WalletHub, these are the best and worst states for doctors.

 

Best States for Doctors

 

Worst States for Doctors

 

1

South Carolina

 

42

New Hampshire

 

2

Minnesota

 

43

Delaware

 

3

Texas

 

44

Alaska

 

4

Mississippi

 

45

Connecticut

 

5

Kansas

 

46

Maryland

 

6

Wisconsin

 

47

Maine

 

7

Tennessee

 

48

New York

 

8

Iowa

 

49

Oregon

 

9

Idaho

 

50

New Jersey

 

10

North Dakota

 

51

Rhode Island

Additional key stats include:

  • Surgeons in Kansas make twice as much as those in Connecticut, when average annual wages are adjusted for cost of living.
     
  • The District of Columbia has 10 times as many physicians per capita as Arizona. D.C. is also projected to have six times as many doctors per capita as Mississippi in 2022.
     
  • By 2030, in Florida the percentage of people age 65+ will be twice as high as in Utah.
     
  • Wyoming’s state medical board is twice as punitive as South Carolina’s.
     
  • The amount of malpractice award payouts per capita in New York is 35 times higher than that in North Dakota. As a result, malpractice liability insurance rates in New York are six times higher than in Wisconsin.

Reader the full report and see where your state ranks: Best & Worst States for Doctors in 2015


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