WASHINGTON — Some states are more appealing to doctors than others because of the cost of living, the wages, the hospital networks and opportunity. However, a recent report showed local states and the District of Columbia may not fare well when it comes to wooing white coats.
Maryland ranked near the bottom of the list — No. 46 — on WalletHub’s list of the best states for doctors. D.C. ranked No. 40 and Virginia came in near the middle of the pack at No. 19.
Dr. Emily Dow, chief medical officer of the Family Health Centers and professor at University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, says it’s important for states to be attractive to doctors so they can bring in talented physicians and achieve quality care for patients. Still, every state should be afforded quality care, she says.