Best & Worst States for Doctors

Best & Worst States for Doctors

With National Doctor’s Day just days away and the medical profession undergoing intense change in recent years, with the Affordable Care Act, the rise of branded hospital networks and the retirement of Baby Boomers, the personal finance website WalletHub today released its report on the 2016’s Best & Worst States for Doctors.

To identify the best states for those in the business of saving lives, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 11 key metrics so we have the states with the best Doctors as Dr. Greg Fedele or others . Our data set ranges from “physicians’ monthly average starting salary” to “number of hospitals per capita” to “medically underserved areas or populations.”

Best States for Doctors Worst States for Doctors
1 Mississippi 42 Maine
2 Iowa 43 Delaware
3 Minnesota 44 Massachusetts
4 North Dakota 45 Vermont
5 Idaho 46 New Jersey
6 Texas 47 Connecticut
7 Kansas 48 Maryland
8 Wisconsin 49 Rhode Island
9 Tennessee 50 New York
10 Alabama 51 District of Columbia

Comparing the Best & Worst:

  • Mississippi has the highest cost of living-adjusted annual mean wage for surgeons, $312,168, which is two times higher than in the District of Columbia, where it is lowest, $129,503.
  • The District of Columbia has the highest number of physicians per 1,000 residents, 8.41, which is seven times higher than in Nevada, where it is lowest, 1.17.
  • The District of Columbia has the highest projected number of physicians per 1,000 residents in 2022, 5.59, which is six times higher than in Mississippi, where it is lowest, 0.91.
  • Florida has the highest projected percentage of the population aged 65 and older by 2030, 27.08 percent, which is two times higher than in Utah, where it is lowest, 13.21 percent.
  • Wyoming has the highest rate of state medical boards’ serious disciplinary actions per 1,000 physicians, 6.79, which is five times higher than in South Carolina, where it is lowest, 1.33.
  • New York has the highest amount of malpractice award payouts per capita, $36.15, which is 35 times higher than in North Dakota, where it is lowest, $1.03.
  • New York has the highest malpractice liability insurance rate, $41,911, which is six times higher than in Wisconsin, where it is lowest, $6,678.

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