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Alaska, the Last Frontier State, is known for its natural beauty, vast size, and remoteness, and ranks 26th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. Alaska ranks in the middle of the pack but the state fares poorly in several categories: low immunization of among adolescents (49th); incidence of infectious diseases (49th); incidence of chlamydia (50th); incidence of pertussis (48th); cancer deaths (32nd); lack of health insurance (47th); diabetes (49th); preterm births (41st); premature deaths (36th); and, incidence of hypertension (49th).
The level of obesity in Alaska has increased 16% over the last two years. The state has almost approximately 600,000 residents, with more than 19% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,173 per day based on 2014, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. As of January 2015, Alaska had 19 Health Management Organizations (HMOs) in the state with only 497 enrolled members, a penetration rate of only 0.1%. As of 2009, Alaska had health care expenditures over $6 billion in 2014. The state has 22 hospitals.