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Maryland, Old Line State, ranks 18th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state fares relatively well overall but does poorly in several categories: air pollution (36th); cardiovascular deaths (30th); incidence of chlamydia (31st); infant mortality (30th); low birthweight (35th); and, preterm birth (33rd).
The state has over 5.9 million residents, with 6% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,504 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Maryland had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $42.6 billion in 2009. The state has 50 hospitals and 50 HMO groups with membership exceeding 1.9 million individuals.