This blog gets a lot search engines hits from people (presumably physicians) who are looking for the best states in which to practice medicine. Many of the hits go to a previous post on this topic here.
Medscape recently came out with a new set of recommendations based on research done by Shelly Reese, a freelance writer from Cincinnati. Based on Shelly’s research, Medscape recommends the following states:
New Hampshire – for its low unemployment, high insurance coverage, and no sales tax or state income tax. On the down side, compensation is comparatively low and winters in New Hampshire reportedly suck.
Utah – for its high rate of employer-based insurance, low physician density, and low cost of living. With the low cost of living is a lower than average compensation as well.
Idaho – for its low physician density, low liability insurance costs, and low cost of living. However, the state income tax tops out at 7.8%.
Georgia – for favorable compensation, lower physician density, and good lifestyle. However, there are more uninsured patients and malpractice coverage is comparatively more expensive in Georgia.
Virginia – for low cost of living, higher number of insured patients, and low malpractice insurance costs. These “pros” are offset by lower average income.
South Dakota – for low malpractice costs, low physician density, and no state income tax. Down sides are the less than desirable weather.
South Dakota was the only state that made both this list and the previous list from 2010.
Looking to avoid the WORST states in which to practice medicine?
No surprise that FLORIDA is on the list of worst states to practice medicine. You can see my Top 10 Reasons Not to Practice Medicine in Florida link in the upper right corner of this blog explaining why. Also making the list are Washington DC, Illinois, Connecticut, Arizona, and Alaska. Flip through the slide show on Medscape to see why …