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Best States to Practice — South Carolina

Best States to Practice — South Carolina

South Carolina

2013 Data

Cost of Living: 96

Disciplinary Actions: 1.33

Tax Burden: $2,760

Medicare GPCI: 1

Physician Density: 215.8

Malpractice Awards: $7.20

Internal medicine physician and gastroenterologist Narayanachar Murali shares his perspective on practicing medicine in the state of South Carolina.

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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.

 

2012 Data:

Cost of Living: 96.84

Disciplinary Actions: 1.33

Tax Burden: $2,742

Medicare GPCI: 1

Physician Density: 229.8

Malpractice Award Payouts: 6.22


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Cost of Living: First quarter 2010 data from Council for Community and Economic Research
Disciplinary Actions: Public Citizen’s Health Research Group report on the rate of state medical boards’ serious disciplinary actions taken per 1,000 physicians between 2009 and 2011
Tax Burden: State and local tax burden per capita in fiscal year 2009 compiled by the Tax Foundation
Medicare GPCI: 2012 Geographic Practice Cost Indices (GPCIs) and Anesthesia CF by State and Medicare Locality report, compiled by E-MDs with data from CMS
Physician Density: Doctors per 100,000 residents, from the U.S. Census Bureau Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012
Malpractice Award Payouts: Amount paid in medical malpractice claims per capita in 2010, from the Kaiser Family Foundation

2011 Data:

Medicare Geographic Adjustment Factor: 0.959
Cost-of-Living Index: 98.71
State Income Tax Burden, Per Capita: $2,742


Medical Liability Insurance Average Premiums
Internal Medicine: $9,000 - $11,000
General Surgery: $41,000 - $45,000
OB/GYN: $45,000 - $49,000


Physicians Per 100,000 Residents: 229.8
Medical Board Disciplinary Actions per 1,000 Physicians: 1.31


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Work GAF:
CMS ’ Geographic Adjustment Factor is an adjustment in Medicare pay based on cost-of-doing-business differences. Median: 1.0.
Cost-of-Living Index: Computed by the Council for Community and Economic Research. Median: 100.
State Income Tax Burden, per capita: From the Tax Foundation.
Medical Liability Average Premiums: From MyMedicalMalpracticeInsurance.com; ranges supplied for where averages vary widely by location and insurer.
Physicians per capita: From the U.S. Census, reflects competition level.
Medical Board Disciplinary Actions: From Public Citizen, reflects physician autonomy.


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