Find Your Best State to Practice Medicine

Find Your Best State to Practice Medicine

If you’re wondering where the most ideal places to practice medicine are, our Best States to Practice project has been a great place to start for the last 10 years. We gather and analyze the data that most affect physicians’ practices, then rank the states on their performance in each category.

You can find out this year's best and worst states to practice, based on our 2013 data, as well as access a clickable map of the United States to see how physician-friendly your current state is as well.

Because individual physicians’ needs and preferences differ, we’re now putting the power in your hands to determine your Best States to Practice. Below are the six data categories that we use in ranking the states (and below that are detailed explanations for each metric).

Choose a weight for each of the metrics, making sure that the total equals 100 percent. For example, you might alter the weight for the Medicare metric depending on your practice’s Medicare patient mix.

Then click on the “Calculate My Best States!” button to see how the states rank based on your preferences. The name of each state is linked to further information about that state.

Cost of Living
Disciplinary Actions
Tax Burden
Medicare GPCI
Physician Density*
Malpractice Awards

About the Metrics

Cost of Living: First quarter 2013 data from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Disciplinary Actions: Public Citizen’s Health Research Group report on the rate of state medical boards’ serious disciplinary actions per 1,000 physicians between 2009 and 2011. Fewer actions per 1,000 physicians generally indicate a climate of physician independence.

Tax Burden: State and local tax burden per capita in fiscal year 2010 compiled by the Tax Foundation.

Medicare GPCI: 2013 Geographic Practice Cost Indices (GPCIs) by state and Medicare locality, compiled by E-MDs with data from CMS.

Physician Density: Physicians (including MDs and DOs) per 100,000 residents, from the Association of American Medical College's 2011 State Physician Workforce Data Book.

Malpractice Awards: State rank in medical malpractice claims and amount paid per capita in each state in 2012, provided by Diederich Healthcare.


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