Physicians beware: 10 worst states to practice

Hawaii is the worst state to practice medicine, according to personal finance site WalletHub.

WalletHub determined the best and worst states for physicians to practice by ranking the states and Washington, D.C., across 19 key metrics, considering factors including the average annual wage and quality of the public healthcare system.

Hawaii was ranked 51st for physician opportunity and competition and 43rd for its medical environment, which includes metrics such as hospital safety and the cost of malpractice insurance. It also has the second-to-lowest average annual salary for physicians when adjusted for cost of living. 

Here are the 10 worst states for physicians to practice, starting with the lowest-ranked state:

1. Hawaii

2. Rhode Island

3. Alaska

4. New Jersey

5. District of Columbia

6. New Mexico

7. Massachusetts

8. New York

9. Pennsylvania

10. Oregon

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