Monday, October 15, 2012

Idaho ranked best place in America to practice medicine

Idaho's low cost of living and culture of physician independence make it the best place in America to be a practicing physician for the second straight year, according to Physicians Practice's 2012 Best States to Practice project.

Physicians Practice is a magazine that provides practice-management advice to more than 150,000 physicians and practice administrators across the United States.

The Idaho medical board's low rate of disciplinary actions against physicians; its low density of practicing physicians per capita; and its relatively friendly malpractice climate are among the reasons.
"Along with its low cost of living, Idaho has a climate of physician independence that makes working there great for doctors," said editorial director Bob Keaveney.

Since 2003, the Best States to Practice project has ranked the states and the District of Columbia using six metrics that are important to physicians, including cost of living, tax burden, and the climate for malpractice litigation.

In addition to its annual article, published in the October issue, and its detailed survey results, Physicians Practice has created a clickable map of the United States where users can find specific data on each state, and an interactive My Best States to Practice tool, where users can manipulate the weights assigned to each metric. The tool recalculates the list based on the weights assigned by the user.