Montana: "The Last Best Place" for Physicians?

What separates the "best" from the "worst"?

Montana: "The Last Best Place" for Physicians?
  • Two broad dimensions were used in ranking: opportunity & competition (70 out of 100 points: wages, hospitals per capita, population, competition) and medical environment (30 out of 100 points: hospital safety, national accreditation, malpractice payouts, burnout).
  • Montana earned its top ranking based on high incomes, low burnout, and good retention of trainees.
  • South Dakota — second place — boasts competitive salaries, a high number of hospitals per capita, and low malpractice premiums.
  • Nebraska, ranking third, has high hospital ratings, low physician burnout, and high salaries.


Kiernan JS. Best & Worst States for Doctors. WalletHub. Accessed May 20, 2024.

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