Rural areas are medically underserved because of the shortage of doctors, and Mississippi is the least competitive among all states.
“Numerous government policies are aimed at improving access to physicians in these areas. As a result, higher incomes are found in these regions,” Medscape states in its latest report.
A major factor is the workload for Mississippi physicians, said Dr. Dan Edney, president of the Mississippi State Medical Association.
“There are so few of us, that, compared to our patient demands, that physicians all through our state work significantly longer hours . . . than our peers around the country,” Edney said in an interview.