MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - The Magnolia state is the best state in the nation for doctors, according to a 2016 WalletHub study.
Wednesday is National Doctor's Day and with that, intense changes are being made in the medical profession including the Affordable Care Act, the retirement of Baby Boomers and the spike in branded hospital networks.
WalletHub analysts ranked states across 11 different factors from number of hospitals per capita to medically underserved areas or populations to physicians' monthly average starting salary.
Here are some key findings from the report:
- Mississippi, Indiana, Georgia, Iowa and Alabama are the states with the highest cost of living-adjusted mean annual wage for doctors. Mississippi’s living-adjusted annual mean wage for surgeons is $312,168, which is two times higher than in District of Columbia at $129,503.
- However, Washington, D.C. has the highest number of doctors per 1,000 residents.
- Mississippi is the No. 1 state with the lowest competition of doctors per capita, and the state of Vermont has the highest competition.
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