- Medicare Geographic Practice Cost Index
- Cost of living
- Number of physicians per 1,000 residents
- Malpractice climate
- Medical Board Major Disciplinary Actions Per 1,000 Physicians
- State income taxes
It is most interesting to note how many states are "in crisis" or have "serious problems" when it comes to the malpractice climate. This underscores the view that reform addressing malpractice is long overdue. Even in the states with a multitude of favorable qualities for practicing medicine, the malpractice situation is downright scary.