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The state of Mississippi is found at the top of several state rankings, many of which are normally not positive.

But for the second straight year, the Magnolia State tops the list of best states to practice medicine. Gov. Phil Bryant visited Southaven Thursday to promote that fact. Bryant also encouraged DeSoto County leaders to capitalize on the advantages the county has as a regional medical center, not just in Mississippi, but throughout the Mid-South.

“DeSoto County can be a nexus for health care in this entire region,” Bryant said after a Mississippi Economic Council-sponsored “healthcare huddle” at the Holiday Inn. “It can be an economic driver. You have two wonderful hospitals here, a lot of great primary care physicians. What we need to do is to “erase” those state lines and tell people in Tennessee and Arkansas that if they want really good health care they need to come here.”

The ranking comes from Physician’s Practice, which surveyed physicians on factors that can affect a medical practice’s financial health.

Those factors included: cost of living, disciplinary actions taken against physicians, tax burden per capita, Medicare’s Geographic Practice Cost Index, physician density, and malpractice award payouts per capita.

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