Iowa adds physicians, state still behind US rate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Medicine says the number of physicians in the state is increasing, but Iowa still has far fewer doctors for its population than the national average.

The board says in a news release Monday that Iowa had 6,414 active physicians in 2012, for a rate of 208.6 physicians per 100,000 people. That compares to a national rate of 260.5 physicians.

Nationally, Iowa ranks 41st in active physicians.

Massachusetts ranked first, with a rate of 421.5 physicians. Mississippi ranked last, with a rate of 180.8 physicians.

Iowa dropped from 40th to 41st even though the number of Iowa physicians increased from 6,294 in 2010, when the rate was 208.2 active physicians per 100,000 people.

The statistics are based on a report by the Association of American Medical Colleges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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