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South Dakota Named 2017's 6th Best State for Doctors

May 24, 2017 02:01PM ● By The Hood Magazine

Personal finance website WalletHub recently named the state of South Dakota as one of the best states in which to practice medicine.

To identify the best states for those in the business of saving lives, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. The data set ranges from average annual wage of physicians to hospitals per capita to quality of the public hospital system.
Practicing in South Dakota (1 = Best, 25 = Average):
7th – Average Annual Wage of Physicians (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
3rd – Hospitals per Capita
20th – Insured Population Rate
10th – Projected percentage of Population Aged 65 & Older by 2030
8th – Projected Number of Physicians per Capita by 2024
18th – Punitiveness of State Medical Board
17th – Current Competition (Number of Physicians per Capita)

In a separate survey by the same company on the best states for nurses, South Dakota was found to have the shortest average commute time at 16.9 minutes. Iowa and North Dakota made it into the company’s top ten best states for nurses based on salaries, healthcare facilities per capita, and nursing job openings.

Click here to access 2017’s Best & Worst States forDoctors

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