Idaho is ranked the No. 4 best place to practice medicine in the U.S., in a new ranking by the health care industry publication Medscape.
Medscape’s ranking factored in Idaho’s oft-lauded quality of life. It also noted that while the cost of living is low and taxes are in the mid-range, the average physician makes $289,000.
Idaho also has low malpractice payouts of “just $5.17 per capita in 2015,” according to Medscape.
It also listed Boise as the “recommended city,” partly because of its easy access to trails, the Boise River and skiing.
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The article quotes Brian Crownover, a 48-year-old family physician who moved to Boise after retiring from the U.S. Air Force. Crownover opened his practice in Meridian.
“I have the flexibility to give new patients an hour-long visit and 30-minute follow-ups; for me, that is professionally satisfying,” he told Medscape. “I get to practice to the full scope of my training, and I get to chart my own course.”
Medscape said the “con” to practicing in Boise is that “two major hospital systems dominate the market.”