ALABAMA IN TOP 10 PHYSICIAN-FRIENDLY STATES

By WVUA 23 Web Writer Tyler Tucker

With National Doctor’s Day upcoming on March 30, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released a report on 2017’s Best & Worst States for Doctors. To identify the best states for doctors, 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 public hospital system.

Alabama finds itself ranked at No. 9 overall for doctors in the United States, with the sixth best average annual wage for physicians, adjusted for cost of living. Alabama also performed above-average in 2024 projections of physicians per capita, and proved more physician-friendly than most states in elements relating to medical malpractice and the State Medical Board.

Alabama’s No. 9 spot is second-best among the South; Mississippi holds No. 8, and Tennessee No. 10. Neighbors Florida, Louisiana and Georgia landed lower at No. 24, 25 and 26 respectively. Northern urban states struggled in many categories, with expensive malpractice insurance, punitive state boards, and a high cost of living that cuts into a physician’s wages. Rural states’ low cost of living and lack of medical competition make them better destinations for physicians.

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