State-by-state breakdown: Physician burnout on the rise

Written by Mackenzie Garrity | May 04, 2018 | Print  |

With major changes being made to healthcare, physicians are feeling the pressure and the burn.

Medscape surveyed physicians to determine the best and worst states to practice in its Best & Worst Places to Practice 2018: Happiness in Work and Home Life report. The survey compared average population lifespan, cost of living, higher education levels, median earnings, unemployment, tax burden, public health rates and personal well-being.

Here is a state-by-state breakdown of physician burnout from highest to lowest percentage.

1. Idaho: 51 percent

2. Delaware: 51 percent

3. Kentucky: 50 percent

4. New Hampshire: 50 percent

5. Rhode Island: 49 percent

6. Oregon: 48 percent

7. Arizona: 47 percent

8. Minnesota: 46 percent

9. Colorado: 45 percent

10. Maryland: 45 percent

11. Vermont: 45 percent

12. South Dakota: 45 percent

13. Arkansas: 45 percent

14. Pennsylvania: 45 percent

15. Illinois: 44 percent

16. Massachusetts: 44 percent

17. New Jersey: 44 percent

18. Connecticut: 43 percent

19. New York: 43 percent

20. Missouri: 43 percent

21. California: 42 percent

22. Iowa: 42 percent

23. Ohio: 42 percent

24. Florida: 42 percent

25. Wyoming: 42 percent

26. New Mexico: 41 percent

27. Texas: 41 percent

28. North Carolina: 41 percent

29. Kansas: 41 percent

30. Wisconsin: 41 percent

31. Virginia: 40 percent

32. Louisiana: 40 percent

33. Washington: 40 percent

34. Georgia: 40 percent

35. Tennessee: 40 percent

36. Indiana: 40 percent

37. South Carolina: 39 percent

38. West Virginia: 39 percent

39. Nevada: 38 percent

40. Michigan: 38 percent

41 Mississippi: 37 percent

42 Hawaii: 37 percent

43. Oklahoma: 35 percent

44. Alabama: 34 percent

45. Maine: 34 percent

46. North Dakota: 33 percent

47. Utah: 30 percent

48. Alaska: 29 percent

49. Nebraska: 28 percent

50. Montana: 25 percent

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