Why West Virginia is the worst state for orthopedic surgeons to practice


West Virginia has been named the worst state for physicians to practice medicine in for 2024, according to Medscape's "Best & Worst Places to Practice 2024" report, published May 30. 

The state secured the "worst" title for several reasons — for one, physicians in the area had among the highest burnout rates in the country, according to the report. 

In addition, residents have high rates of smoking (21%) and obesity (41%). Malpractice premiums in the state are also among the highest in the nation. 

West Virginia also has low physician compensation and low life expectancy. However, the cost of living is 9% lower than the national average. 

In contrast, Wisconsin was named the best state for physicians to practice in. 

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