CA in top 5 states to practice medicine

November 13, 2017
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Workforce Professional Development & Education 

California is one of the top five states to practice medicine, according to a new study by Physicians Practice. The study analyzed the latest data for cost of living, tax climate (state collections per capita), physician density and Medicare's Geographic Practice Cost Index (which adjusts physician reimbursement based on regional variation in the cost to treat patients). Coming in at #4 overall, California received high marks in residency retention, a favorable Medicare GCPI and malpractice premiums.

It’s no surprise that these high-ranking areas are priorities for the California Medical Association (CMA) and are evidence that our advocacy is key in making our state one of the best places to practice in the country.

CMA President Theodore M. Mazer, M.D., who grew up in New York, said for him the allure of California also came from the state’s reputation as a leader in the medical field. “I thought it was a great opportunity to practice in a high-tech area with good hospitals, good equipment, and I wanted to be somewhere at the forefront of medicine," he said.

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