A new ranking suggests Idaho is the best state in which to practice medicine, in part, because of its low rate of disciplinary actions against doctors.
The Physicians Practice, which provides management advice to more than 150,000 physicians and their practice administrators throughout the U.S., found Idaho, Alabama, Texas, Nevada, and South Carolina were the top places for doctors to work.
The group said Idaho’s low cost of living and culture of physician independence make it the best place in America to be a practicing doctor for the second straight year. Researchers added that the Idaho medical board’s low rate of disciplinary actions against physicians, its low density of practicing doctors per capita, and its relatively friendly malpractice climate were among the reasons that Idaho ranked on top.
The ranking uses six metrics that are important to physicians, including cost of living, tax burden and the climate for malpractice litigation. (UPI)