What is the top state for physicians to practice? 5 best & 5 worst

Megan Wood -   Print  |

Medscape considered various factors to rank the best and worst places for physicians to avoid burnout, in its "Best and Worst Places to Practice 2017."

Factors included number of lawsuits; punitive medical board; teamwork among physician assistants and nurse practitioners; cultural attractions; crime rates; and divorce rates.


Here the top five places for physicians to practice:


1. Minnesota
• Recommended city: Minneapolis
• Third happiest and healthiest population


2. Wisconsin
• Recommended city: Madison
• Third most livable city


3. South Dakota
• Recommended city: Sioux Falls
• High ratings for well-being


4. Iowa
• Recommended city: Des Moines
• High physician incomes


5. Vermont
• Recommended city: Burlington
• Safest state in the nation


These five states ranked lowest:


1. Louisiana
• Highest rate of malpractice suits
• Least healthy population


2. Arizona
• High malpractice rates
• Many uninsured patients


3. Nevada
• Unhealthy population
• Many uninsured patients


4. New Mexico
• Many uninsured patients
• Less family friendly


5. Oklahoma
• Higher risk of being sued
• Unhealthy population


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