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News and briefs: Mississippi tops list of highest physician shortage woes

Residency Program Insider, October 23, 2012

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Mississippi’s 159.4 physicians per 100,000 people is the lowest state rate in the country, according to an article in the MarketWatch section of The Wall Street Journal. Arkansas has the second-lowest ratio at 169.1 per 100,000 people, followed by Utah with 169.5.
 

Massachusetts has the highest ratio with 314.8 per 100,000 people. Other states that made the top five according to the article, are:

  • Maryland- 281.0
  • New York- 277.4
  • Connecticut- 273.0
  • Maine- 272.1
     

High physician-to-patient ratios are linked to longer life expectancies and healthier lifestyles, according to the article. To read the top 10 lists of highest and lowest physician ratios, click here.



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