New studies name Hawaii among worst for doctors, best for affordable care

Two recent reports show that while Hawaii is ranked near the top for health care affordability, it’s ranked among the worst states for doctors.

The Pacific Business News published a special report on Hawaii’s health care systems. In 2017, Hawaii was ranked third in the country overall for its health care systems.

Hawaii has among the lowest uninsured rate, with 6 percent of adults ages 19-62 uninsured. Hawaii had the lowest average monthly premium at $411 but the report did not say if the average had been adjusted for cost of living. Alaska had the highest monthly premium at $780.

Hawaii was ranked second for affordability and access to health care, only being beaten by Massachusetts.

But while Hawaii is ranked high for affordability and access, it ranks 48 out of 51 for the best states to practice medicine according to a new study by WalletHub.

WalletHub looked at Opportunity & Competition and Medical Environment using 16 metrics. Hawaii was ranked 50th for Opportunity & Competition and 30th for Medical Environment for a score of 43.25.

Hawaii was ranked below average for the majority of the categories:

  • Insured population rate: 2nd
  • Punitiveness of state medical board: 5th
  • Projected competition: 11th
  • Projected share of elderly population: 13th
  • Hospitals per capita: 20th
  • Employer-based insurance rate: 27th
  • Malpractice award payout amount per capita: 29th
  • Current competition: 30th
  • Presence of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact law: 31st
  • Share of medical residents retained: 35th
  • Number of CME credits required: 36th
  • Quality of public hospital system: 40th
  • Physician assistants per capita: 46th
  • Physicians’ average annual wage: 50th
  • Physicians’ average monthly starting salary: 51st

South Dakota was ranked as the best state to practice medicine.

Source: WalletHub