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New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, ranks 37th in the most recent America’s Health Rankings. The state still rates poorly in a number of categories: children living in poverty (43rd); incidence of chlamydia (47th); diabetes (40th); incidence of infectious disease (48th); lack of health insurance (45th); low birthweight (43rd); incidence of pertussis (47th); premature deaths (41st); and, salmonella (35th).
In the past 20 years, low birthweight increased 24% from 7.2% to 8.9% of live births. The state has over 2 million residents, with 12% of the population uninsured. The average cost of an inpatient hospital stay before insurance is $2,142 per day based on 2014 data, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. New Mexico had healthcare expenditures totaling more than $13.3 billion in 2009. The state has 37 hospitals and 44 HMO groups with membership exceeding 835,100 individuals.