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Idaho ranked 4th best place to practice medicine

Boise foothills trails help make the city attractive to doctors, according to a medical industry publication.
Boise foothills trails help make the city attractive to doctors, according to a medical industry publication. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

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.

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.”

Audrey Dutton: 208-377-6448, @IDS_Audrey

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