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Website ranks Ohio 31st for practicing medicine

Everybody loves a good internet listicle, but sometimes the results are not good news. In a recent case in point, personal finance website WalletHub ranked the states by how good it is to practice medicine there, and Ohio came in well below average.

According to WalletHub, Ohio is just the 31st-best state in the U.S. in which to work as a doctor. The site considered 11 factors in making its rankings, including starting salaries and costs associated with medical malpractice, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Malpractice appeared to be largely responsible for dragging down Ohio’s score. WalletHub said that Ohio has the third-highest rate of serious disciplinary actions against doctors by its state medical board, at 5.52 actions per 1,000 doctors. In contrast, the state where serious discipline was most rarely applied, South Carolina, had just 1.33 actions per 1,000 doctors.

While doctors here get punished more often than in almost any other state, they do not spend much in medical malpractice payouts. Per capita, doctors pay out $5.77, 43rd in the country -- though still much higher than North Dakota’s per capita figure of $1.03.

WalletHub’s top 10 states for doctors are found all over the map, from the South to the Midwest, the Plains and the West.

Ohio doctors will surely have different opinions about the environment in which they practice, and what could be done to improve it. One thing that can be vital to their careers is to enlist the help of a medical malpractice defense attorney if they are ever accused of anything by a patient.

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